Man embeds computer chips in hands to store Bitcoin
Martijn Wismeijer has created a personalised alarm clock using implanted computer chips
A Dutch man has had two, wireless computer chips implanted under the skin in his hands to allow him to store digital currencies like Bitcoin inside his body.
According to The Telegraph, Martijn Wismeijer, the founder of Mr Bitcoin, a company which installs and operates crypto-currency cash machines in and around Amsterdam and across Europe, chose to undergo the procedure to store the private keys for his Bitcoin wallets. However, he has since decided that it's not yet secure enough for him to use permanently, but said that the experiment was a success.
"The reason I did take the implants is that I have real-world uses for it today, my phones and tablets are all compatible. I personally feel that by supporting these bio-hacking developments we can learn what works and what doesn't and that someday, in the not so distant future we will be able to implant more functionality like sub dermal glucose sensors or heart rate monitors and other vital health monitoring devices. Imagine a normally invisible tattoo on your arm glowing red when you get a heart attack, swipe your phone and your phone will notify doctor.
"By supporting these bio-hacking initiatives I believe we are paving the way for social acceptance while at the same time we support the bio-hacking technology that drives it."
The 12mm glass chips can be read by a range of devices including smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 6, and can be adapted for a range of uses.
He has used the chips to program an alarm clock to only switch off when he places one or both of them against a sensor and hopes to fit an NFC-enabled door lock at home so that he no longer has to use his house keys and instead just touch his palm to the door frame in order to gain access.