Electronic key implanted into hand

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Published:  December 21, 2010
Electronic key implanted into hand

Joe Wooller was fed up having to carry a key for each of his locks, so instead of conforming to what the rest of us have been doing, he got himself an implant.

The microchip, which uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology is passive and doesn’t require battery operation. It also lasts for several years and communicates with receivers attached to doors as well as custom fitted devices, machinery or vehicles – such as Wooller’s motorbike.

The surgery took place in June under local anaesthetic and was subsequently posted to Wooller’s website. It didn’t hurt and made for some “interesting watching,” he said. He wasn’t too worried about the possible side effects saying “there were a number of people out there who had already put implants in their hands and I haven’t seen any real side effects yet.”

Wanting to get the most out of his investment, Wooller looked for as many ways to use the device as possible. So far, he can open two doors to his house, open his car’s doors and start his motorbike  by swiping his hand. There are hitches however, with an actual key required to take the fuel cap off his motor bike. He may also be looking to get a receiver installed into his car to start the engine.

Wooller sees this as a work in progress with more potential benefits down the track. At the moment he’s happy to know he can never be locked out of the house when the door slams behind him as he’s tending to his garden. And if the concept of it all starts to get to him, his consolation is that he can just “rip it out” and carry on with normal keys like the rest of us.

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