A Dutch man has had two computer chips implanted into his hands so he can literally carry his digital currency wherever he goes.
Among other reasons, Amsterdam’s Martijn Wismeijer underwent the painful procedure to ensure the security of his Bitcoin wallets, the Telegraph reports, which will now be accessed by simply touching his hand to a smartphone or tablet.
Wismeijer runs a company called Mr. Bitcoin, which puts Bitcoin ATMs all over Europe.
But he has also used the chips to program an internal alarm clock that can only be turned off when one of the chips touches a sensor.
The procedure, he says, was really just an experiment to see if such technology could be as dependable and secure as similar medical endeavors.
The reason I did take the implants is that I have real-world uses for it today, my phones and tablets are all compatible.
I personally feel that by supporting these bio-hacking developments we can learn what works and what doesn’t and that some day, in the not so distant future we will be able to implant more functionality like sub dermal glucose sensors or heart rate monitors and other vital health monitoring devices.
Imagine a normally invisible tattoo on your arm glowing red when you get a heart attack, swipe your phone and your phone will notify doctor.
The 2 mm by 12 mm pieces of glass were injected via syringes, inflicting pain that he says lasted for a full day.
They won’t work until the wound heals, however, and trying to use them before the swelling stops could result in infection.
The chips can be read by anything with NFC (near-field communication) technology, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 6.
They can only hold up to 888 bytes, but more memory would mean larger chips, which would be so large they’d need to be painfully unfolded under the skin.
Another hinderance to the enlarged chip is that medical professionals will be hesitant to take on such a procedures.
Most doctors will not want to install the implant so a body manipulation artist (preferably not just tattoo artist or piercer) will be your next best bet, but make sure they work according to strict hygiene codes and know what they are doing.
Wismeijer said that the chips are working correctly but not yet well enough to be trusted to carry all of his digital money.
He now hopes to put an NFC-enabled lock on his home that will allow him to open his door with the touch of the chip.