Going contactless – getting data stored in your palm

by | Aug 24, 2022 | Innovation | 0 comments

An innovative concept that seems to be gaining support in the media is implanting a chip into a person’s hand. This is what happens when technology is integrated into a human body in a science fiction film. There are various perspectives on this kind of technology, but it is evident that there is a desire for it and a marketing effort to increase its popularity.
A Tesla driver who had a chip inserted in his right hand is now able to open the door with just a wave of his palm. The right hand, why? The house keys, the corona vaccination certificate, and his contact information are all stored on a chip in his other hand, so it seems like there wasn’t much of a choice.

When it comes to the practical application of such a technology, he is now without a doubt correct. If a chip is stored under the skin, one will almost certainly not lose data or access to the car. But not much is talked nowadays about other technology that can easily tap into such peculiarly stored data. Leaving that aside, let’s look at the enthusiasm of this individual and those who cheer on the prospects of wearable tech becoming mainstream.
Brandon Dalaly is the aforementioned Tesla driver. He is working in a high-tech industry and is excited about the potential that this innovation will unlocks for him.
In an interview with Teslarati, he stated that he would use it as a key in the event that his Bluetooth key broke or he was without his car’s key card. He only needs to wave his hand to resolve this situation.

Dalaly even uploaded a video to Twitter where it shows him undergoing the procedure of implanting a VivoKey Apex chip, which uses zero-range communication technology (NFC) – which is by the way, the same technology that is also used to make contactless payments on the iPhone.

According to the interview, Dalaly is a part of an experimental group of about 100 people in which the use of the chips is tested before they go on the market. The company behind this experiment has its own app store where one can wirelessly install apps into the body with this technology.

When questioned in an interview about if he worries about the possibility that someone may be able to access the data on the chip Dalaly asserts that it is extremely unlikely. He said that because the scanning range is so little, one would need to be really close to perform that. Similar to when you use your iPhone to pay.

Whether he is right or not time will tell, but we can certainly see that a tide is changing and contactless technology is becoming widely accepted beyond the devices it was invented to be limited to.


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