In the media

Interview on Parallel Line with Sara Savage (102.7 RRR FM) - 12th April 2017. Listen below 

Interview on Dangerous Minds Podcast with c00p3r, Cur50r and Damien - December 25th 2016 

How to really get under someone's skin - Future Tense ABC RN  with Antony Funnell


Implant technology: I’ve got you, and lots of data, under my skin - The Australian Chris Griffith


UXPod Podcast with Gerry Gaffney - 14th July 2016. Machine I: An Interview with Kayla Heffernan. You can listen to the episode on the UXPod website here 


University of Melbourne Press Release


Byte in IT with Vanessa Toholka (102.7 RRR FM) - 4th May 2016. Listen below 

All Day Breakfast with Red Symons (774 ABC Melbourne) - 16th Feb 2016. Listen below

Morning's with Ali Clark (891 ABC Adelaide) - 16th Feb 2016. Listen below

94.7 The Pulse - Mitchell's Front Page with Mitchell Dye (15th Feb, 2016)

National Nine News (Channel 9/WIN) Peter Hitchener & Laura Spurway (27th July, 2015)  

Research Area

My research looks at insertables: devices that go within the human body for non-medical purposes. We coin, and define, insertables as below:

Insertables  (ɪnˈsəːtɪəb(ə)l/) - N

Devices that go in, though and underneath the skin. This includes devices that an individual can insert and remove themselves and those that must be inserted by a trained professional. 

I am working with the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces at the University of Melbourne. The official project website is 


Towards insertables: Devices inside the human body.
First Monday
Paper available

Military Insertables: Lessons from Civilian Use.
IEEE Technology & Society Magazine
Paper available 

Wearables are so 2015. Will insertable devices get under your skin?
UX Australia Conference 2016

You Put What, Where? Hobbyist Use of Insertable Devices.
CHI 2016
Paper available  or view full text here

Presented at CHI 2016 in San Jose. Conference video available below. 

Insertables: I've got IT under my skin.
ACM Interactions
Available at

Superhuman Abilities Could Lurk Under your Skin
University of Melbourne PURSUIT
Available at

Military Insertables - Lessons from Civilian Experiences
Presented at the Ninth Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security 2016. The theme of the workshop was: "The Socio-ethical Implications of Implantables in the Military Sector". Video available below. 

Preliminary results

Preliminary findings at The University of Melbourne CIS Doctoral Consortium 2015 - 10 interviews in. View full size poster here.

Insertables on my Blog