An Australian man has had the chip from the card he uses to access public transportation implanted into his hand. Though they seem like something out of science fiction, such implants may become a allotment of every day life in the not-so-distant future.
When train cards were invented, the opinion was to form public transportation less of a hassle. Instead of taking out coins, you’d just access the train platform with a swipe of a pre-loaded card. However, cards can be misplaced, and that’s a problem Aussie biohacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow — and yes, that’s his legal name — was determined to never face again.
Not convinced with the (in)convenience of carrying an Opal card, Meow-Meow decided to maintain the card’s near-field communication (NFC) chip implanted just beneath the skin on the side of his left hand.
To that halt, he removed the NFC from the Opal card and encased it in a bio-compatible plastic, resulting in an implant approximately 10 by 6 millimeters in size. The implantation procedure itself was undertaken by a piercing expert and took approximately an hour.
Meow-Meow urges anyone interested in following in his technological footsteps to be certain to enact their research and be aware that the implant is considered a breach of Opal’s terms of service. However, he does seem convinced with his body’s unique addition. “It gives me an ability that not everyone else has, so whether someone stole my wallet, I could still salvage domestic,” he told ABC News.
Our Cyborg Future
Implanted devices are, as Meow-Meow pointed out to ABC News, not as rare as some may judge. generally,normally, they serve some medical purpose, such as chips for prosthetics or pacemakers. Meow-Meow himself has two other NFC implants aside from the Opal chip, including one he uses to store documents, like an implanted tough drive.
This mirrors a number of science fiction flicks, which feature implanted devices that serve as information storage, identity trackers, and health monitors, among other things. It certainly seems like the next step into the future, as many companies maintain been working on developing technologies that meld human beings with machines.
As chip implants become more advanced, they will undoubtedly become more common in the future, but for now, this Opal implant is at least making Meow-Meow’s daily commute less of a hassle.