Magnets pretty much worthless in its current location
I can’t speak to all arms, but I also tried middle of the arm also with a xg3v1… there’s more tissue and thicker skin, and very little “pushing it” against the skin from underneath… so it tends to be a very deep install
And the magnetic curve… there’s little to no useable force left… I can barely get a paperclip to stick… I would imagine a chip would be a very hard read
Luckily my ear buds have a magnet on them, so that helps with the magnetic force a bit, but still not what I want… so I can lightly stick my earbuds to my arm… but not securely
Kinda a failed project, but nothing ventured nothing gained
I use the spark 2 and the xNT as storage for a for links,… came in a bundle (and gotta catch ‘em all) so I wanted more “slots” even if they aren’t as useable
I believe my xNT is a copy of my vax record, and I think the spark 2 directs to a copy of my drivers license… not technically official but it’s helped in a pinch
I think it was a result of a self install,
I’m quite happy with the orientation and location, Only issue I have is carrying bags or a motorcycle helmet can dig into the chip and cause slight irritation.
Were your glassies installed by a ksec partner or you managed to find an installer yourself?
I had been saving two xnt implants to place in my forearm. I mentioned it to the installer when we were chatting by email and then when i get there he says he doesnt install in forearms due to the anatomical structure. Was pretty pissed off to be honest. As it’s difficult to find an installer who i can get to and with my work schedule i was limited who i could go to. I understand it’s the installer’s right to to decline where they install the implants but had he told me from the beginning i wouldnt have wasted the tome and money to travel to him. Unfortunately i ended up putting them in the knife edge location. I was so stressed trying to get the implants installed before the sterilisation was due to expire i didn’t even see the xmagic release. I was waiting for the xm1+ to be re-released and was going to put that in the knife edge but now it’s got an xnt in that location. From what I’ve been reading it looks like i would have trouble using the xmagic in the knife edge anyway due to the size.
I will keep a watch on any performance issues, but if all is okay then i might have it installed in the outer forearm above the wrist but im sceptical about the manoeuvrability in using the chip in that location.
His words, to paraphrase, was that less was known about the forearm than the hands for implanting. I presume he was referring to his specific knowledge, i.e. he hadn’t done forearm installations before.
Honestly, artists should consult with their own personal doctors when it comes to getting advice. And sure as a professional if you went into the office and paid for the office visit with the doctor, you could tell them that you’re a body piercer and that you’re looking to improve your craft and ask questions about arms.
That feels like semi intentional ignorance,
They don’t want to do anything harder or more complicated, so they actively tune everything else out so they can fall back of “I don’t know anything about it, and you wouldn’t want me to go in blind would you?”
I just got an xG3 in my forearm at Grindfest a few weeks ago. I initally tried to get an xNT there during DEFCON in 2019, but the installer had some issues with the skin thickness which I now know is from keratosis pilaris. Cass did a great job, but it did require some serious force and drew a decent amount of blood. Sensing isn’t super great yet, but I’ll be patient! Also, even with no swelling lifting is much worse, likely also due to skin thickness. I still like it as an install location though. It lays right along the inside of my radius (in red) so even if I hit it (which has happened quite a few times already!) it doesn’t hurt.
Needle technique can help with this… basically if you go point up, bevel down, it’ll be 10x smoother to install since there will not be any skin bunching up in the needle hollow. The problem is that with the point up, controlling depth is harder. The modified approach would be to go in bevel down until the bevel is fully under the skin, then rotate the needle 180 degrees so the bevel is up (and the point is down), then proceed to depth.