Published On: Wed, Jun 21st, 2017

Sweden’s human microchip: ‘rice sized’ capsules, ‘replace keys, key fobs, business cards’

Swedish biohacker Hannes Sjöblad implants RFID microchips into the hands on employees on a voluntary basis, marking it easier to access data, gain entrance to the company’s facilies and speaks out to offer up other uses: “replace keys, key fobs, business cards.”

Sjöblad calls these microchips “first-generation implants,” and says they’re “about as smart as a key badge.”

Screenshot from the NBC coverage of microchip technology in the human hand

They are passive chips, which means that they don’t have built-in power, and can’t transmit location-based information. These implants work by connecting with a smartphone via a magnetic field, and allow an employee to wave their hand over a door lock pad and instantly gain access, among other features.

These small glass capsules, roughly the size of a grain of rice, can replace keys, key fobs, business cards, and more, by storing the data in the microchip.

Sjöblad emphasizes that the encryption key is central in ensuring that individuals have privacy.

According to Sjöblad, these chips have the potential to give people much more control over their data.

While Fitbits have become mainstream, these chips could eventually include sensors that monitor things beyond just steps—”like blood sugar or other chemical elements,” he said. “Once we can do that, we can get quality, real-time data from the body.

“This will be a revolution in healthcare,” Sjöblad added.

Especially for people in remote areas, the potential to access real-time health data could be a major improvement for health.

“You can simply swipe your hand with an implant and get quality data,” he said. “It could democratize healthcare.”

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