Taking “being connected” to the next level: Man implants NFC chip into his hand

Taking “being connected” to the next level: Man implants NFC chip into his hand
Just because you are paranoid people may be tracking you, does not mean they aren’t. Ever get that feeling like the folks around you are just zoned into everything you’re on to?

It reads like a script from The Net, or The Matrix, and it is perhaps an inevitable reality in our future, but what does it mean to implant an NFC chip into your body and be truly traceable?

In the here-and-now, not much other than if you have an interest in technology, but the potential applications are plentiful. Robert Nelson is into gadgets and has been dabbling in technology for a number of years. With that infatuation, Nelson figured it would be a positive step in connectedness to implant an NFC chip in his left hand.

Acquiring the chip, and its associated implant kit, was the easy part. Supplied by a company called Dangerous Things, $100 gets you a sterile injection syringe loaded with the company’s 13.56MHz NTAG216 RFID chip which is fully NFC compatible. It measures about 12mm long and 2mm in diameter. The casing is ostensibly bio-compatible, but none of Dangerous Things’ products have been tested or certified for any type of use in the body by the FDA or any other regulatory body.

Actually finding a place to implant the chip turned out to be a little of a challenge.  The implant process itself is simple, but it is not a “do-it-yourself” job. Dangerous Things recommends going to a tattoo or piercing shop for implantation. Nelson has not endured any ill-effects (infections or otherwise) since the procedure.

So what magical things is Nelson able to do now that he’s got this gadget in his hand? Well since this part of the connected world is embryonic, used primarily by those who would think on a “body-hacker” line of thought, he is able to unlock his smartphone just by picking it up. Now that his hand is fully healed however, Nelson is thinking of enabling the ability to unlock his house, open the garage door, or unlock his car. He is also thinking about doubling up on his capacity by getting another chip implanted in his right hand.

Placing the tin-foil-hat arguments aside for a moment, this technology is a stepping stone into truly amazing technology, bio-enabled verification for finger-print based payments, bio-confirmed log-unlock, security applications, health-care data, health and exercise monitoring, the list is very long. On the flip side of that, the tin-foil-hat arguments are highly relevant, ensuring that there are safeguards against the new wave of bio-hacking that will invariably accompany this technology is an obstacle that must relentlessly squashed if mainstream society ever warms up to this idea.

Dangerous Things has a companion app in Google Play to establish functionality, unlike many other NFC apps, Dangerous NFC will support 32-bit password protection, and it will also ensure that the implanted chip cannot be placed in a “forever locked” state.

As to answering the actual question why, Nelson says he does not have a good answer. For this level of technology, genuine curiosity is perfectly acceptable, but he does not recommend anyone do the same for the same reason.

ADVISORY: We do not sanction, nor do we promote, anyone to implant anything, NFC chip or not, in their body for any reason, whatsoever. Be mindful of the decisions you make and know that the responsibility, should you choose to embed an NFC chip in your body, is yours and yours alone.

PHOTO ADVISORY: We left out the picture that showed a little blood, but the second-to-last image shows the syringe inserted in the hand, so if you have a weak stomach for such sights, pass.

sources: Connectedly, Robert Nelson (Google+), and Dangerous Things



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012


13. engineer-1701d unregistered

i love this and want every baby implanted no crimes nfc readers everywhere

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

ummmmm well....... it was going to happen either way

3. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

How to replace the chip when chip is broken ?

16. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012


4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The name of that company is not confidence-invoking...

5. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

I love pizza.

15. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Me too!

6. Naitto

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Yah then we'll get 666 tattooed on our forehead.

7. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

yeah, the mark of the beast thing is bugging me too :-(

10. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

That was also my first thought... with all this hacking creak going on this could be a tool to help prevent being hacked. Then it could be required. Not holding my breath in fear of the end of the world, but shows how a "mark" could be required.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

This really old stuff! Here in the Netherlands you could get a chip implant years ago. Many people did it in their arms. Because years ago almost every clubs had their own membership cards which was really stupid! Also you could put money on that chip so you did not have to take you cards or money with you to the clubs. It was really stupid!

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I remember that, wasn't that Baja Beach Club who offered those rfid tags? Don't know if the money was on that chip or that the chip just authorized to subtract the bill from your bank account. But it was dumb and stupid indeed.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Yes it was the Baja Beach club i remember now, you are right people could authorize them to subtract the bill from their bank accounts.

12. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

How is this new? Article about around 2 years experience with this "new" NFC implant:http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/31/5952647/cyborg-conversion-incomplete-my-life-with-finger-implants

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You have to read the story better. In 2012 she implanted a magnet. The NFC chip she implanted june this year. So no, she doesnt have 2 years of NFC implant experience.

17. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

My bad, been a while since I read the article, just remembered it was about an implanted NFC chip. Well then scrap the 2 years, still nothing new.

23. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

True, the other one didn't get that much media attention I suppose. Although that one was crazier than this one, who in his right (or her) implants a magnet in her finger.

18. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Well it has begun. The mark of the beast.

19. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

seriouisly.........im scared

20. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013


21. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

I can see this being useful in the future, and as all things I'm sure when its in full swing the implant might be even smaller.

22. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010


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