Early adopters of Tesla electric vehicles were perhaps known for their vision and desire to transform the transportation scene. According to Gizmodo, as electric vehicles become more common, Tesla owners appear to be looking for more radical ways to differentiate themselves from the crowd, such as implanting their keys in their hands.
Although there is no blood in this video, the opening scene shows a man having a chip surgically implanted into his hand.
The concept of incorporating something that will benefit your body is not novel. People have been undergoing surgical procedures for many years to put into things as fickle as magnets for temporary gains, practise known as bio-hacking.
Elon Musk biotechnology venture Neuralink works in the same way, promising to connect the human brain to a computer chip and perform tasks simply by thinking. It’s a different story that its technology hasn’t advanced as quickly as it could.
Implanting Tesla keys in your hand
The Tesla keys in the video above are nothing more than multipurpose NFC chips. This technology enables devices to communicate and function in close proximity to one another. Brandon Dalaly, who appears to be a body modification enthusiast in addition to being a Tesla owner, received the keys. According to Gizmodo’s report.
Brandon, however, is not the first person to undergo such a procedure. Amie DD, a software engineer, documented her biohacking story in 2019, and one of her exploits was the key to her Tesla Model 3. Amie revealed her implant in a YouTube video that contains a lot of blood.
It also helped that Amie was working at Vivokey at the time, which was working to make the NFC chip implantable. While this may sound fancy, it was simply placing the chip in a bio-safe polymer before implanting it.
Changing with the times
Tesla’s keys have also evolved over time. The NFC tags are now required to operate the car as well as open the doors. Tesla employs Java Card software to secure communications between the wallet-style key and the EV.
This forced Vivokey to go back to the drawing board and redesign its implant from an NFC chip to something capable to keep software running. It was successful, as evidenced by the Vivokey Apex that was installed in Brandon’s hand. Brandon is seen at the end of the video waving his hand to communicate with his Tesla. The Vivokey Apex will be manufactured soon.
The world has been divided by bio-hacking. While some find it useful and cool, others question its long-term utility of procedure. Such a hack ensures that you will never forget your keys. But what happens if the chip fails or you change cars?