The process of modifying the body with technology is known as Biohacking and this trend is on the rise these days as many people are using different wearables or gadgets like apple watches or fitbits. As the technology keeps changing day by day and the next generation technologies are overtaking the previous technologies, therefore the wearables are no more attractive to someone when he/she hears about such device that can be implanted inside the body. Yes! RFID chips are the devices that can be implanted inside the human body and there is no need to carry them through if you are traveling somewhere or performing any task.
The Radio Frequency Identity chips (RFID) are the integrated circuit devices enclosed in a silicate glass which can be implanted inside the human body to store some sensitive information.
This device usually contains a unique ID number that represents the information stored against it inside the database of an external computer. The idea was first implemented in 1998 by British scientist by implanting the device inside the body. The implanted device was capable to be used for opening doors, switch on lights, and cause verbal output within a building. After the experiment, many experiments took place by different scientists until 2009. Now the RFID device had been converted into a glass capsule. But the consequences came upfront in April 2010 when British scientist Mark Gasson alongside his team revealed that how the implanted device could be wirelessly infected by the computer virus and can be transmitted to other systems. Since then, several hobbyists installed the RFID chips inside their bodies (usually left hand).
Martijn Wismeijer: a Dutch marketing manager from the manufacturers of the Bitcoin ATM – General Bytes, installed the RFID chips inside his both hands to store the private keys for his bitcoins and business card.
Patric Lanhed: implanted the RFID chip inside his hand and used it for making payment in the form of bitcoins worth of one euro as bio-payment.
Marcel Varallo: implanted the device to make use of it while opening the secure elevators, doors, printing from secure printers, getting his mobile phone and home unlocked, and to store his digital business card.
The main characteristic/property of these devices is that they can be implanted inside the human body. Sounds good! Now let’s see how this device gets installed inside the body, how it works, and for what purposes it is used for? The given image shows how an RFID chip works to unlock a door without any key.
The installation process takes place through a minor surgery in which the microchip is injected inside the human’s left hand in between thumb and forefinger. To know more about the complete process of implanting the RFID microchip and its use, do watch the video in the given link, ‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj5g454AD4E&has_verified=1’.
The RFID microchips are not the only devices that can be implanted, but there are several other medical devices that are a part of implantable technologies.
If we talk about either these technologies should be adopted or not then we should first look at the benefits as well as the health hazards of these technologies. The benefits of these technologies are: you do not need to carry your sensitive information in the form of papers or in your portable devices. Moreover, as the device is implanted inside your hand thus it is not possible to steal it as easy as your credit/business card inside your wallet. In addition to these, the access of sensitive data or restricted area can be connected through the RFID chips so that only the concerned person can be entered into the place. On the other hand, these technologies have several side effects in terms of privacy concerns and health. To know more about the advantages and disadvantages of the RFID chips, read our article Pros and Cons of implantable devices.
While asking about the adoption of RFID microchips, the response from users is found quite encouraging,
Hence, if we see the long-term benefits of these RFID microchips, we can see that these devices would be fit into multiple use cases related to different domains security, health, sports etc. The only problem is health issues due to these devices. If researchers would be successful in making these devices harmless and secure from hackers, then it would be a plus point and there will be no reason left for not adopting this revolutionary technology.