As Wearable Technology Enters Mainstream, the Seeds of Biohacking Take Root

Will using technology to improve and enhance our bodies be the next step in human evolution?

In a Shift documentary, futurist Nik Badminton guides us through three streams of the global biohacking movement: wearables, implantables, and superhuman exoskeletons.

Badminton, based in Vancouver, defines biohacking in its simplest form as “augmenting the body using technology,” adding that the biohacking community is in a deeply experimental phase, pushing the boundaries of how we as humans can improve ourselves. It starts, believes Badminton, with wearable technology—the accessible, going-mainstream bridge between regular, non-optimized humans and their cyborg counterparts.



Also featured in the documentary is VitalSines. The Canadian company develops technology that turns biological data into actionable information anyone can use to manage their health or performance. Their product iHeart, a health and wellness gadget and app, measures the user’s pulse for 30 seconds and provides immediate results.