NFC & RFID Microchip FAQ’S

“Oh, what’s your PhD on?”

Where is it?

“Webbing” and “Knife Edge” of the hand

How is it inserted?

Video of NFC Microchip Insertion in the standard webbing position
RFID microchip “knife edge” insertion
Video of the NFC / RFID Microchip Insertion outside of the body

Does it hurt?

How long does it take to heal?

Image of my hand healing after getting my first mircochip in May 2016
Image of my second microchip healing, November 2016. This position bruised far less

How big is it?

Microchip size comparisons

Where did you get it done?

Can you see it?

Image of my 2 microchips after healing
A more visible microchip

Can you feel it?

What if it breaks? Is it safe?

Why did you insert it?

What can you do with it?

  • Unlock your smartphone (Android & Windows only)
  • Unlock your computer (with a peripheral device)
  • Unlock a compatible lock; install, or make, a door lock for your home e.g. https://www.bunnings.com.au/samsung-smart-keyless-deadbolt-digital-door-lock_p4220496
  • Unlock your car if you modify your car locking system
  • Access other security systems (e.g. work or gym access, printer service, office vending machine) if you add the unique number of your chip to security systems or clone an existing compatible pass on to your chip. At some gyms in Sweden the infrastructure is set up to simply add your chip as a valid key.
Video of me opening my front door with the microchip
Opening office door
  • A contact to share (e.g. use as a business card)
  • A website to open
  • Apps your use all the time (e.g. if you search a specific address regularly, you can program it to launch Google Maps with your selected address all ready to go, or launch an app you use all the time e.g. a text message ready to send.)

What can’t it do? What are the limitations?

What about tracking?

What if someone cuts off your hand? (Yes, this is a question we get asked!)

  1. Be aware that I have a chip and where it is
  2. Build something large enough to read my size of a rice grain sized chip from a distance
  3. Or, get close enough to be physically touching me to get the UID off my chip (or knock me out so you can do this)
  4. Clone the UID onto something
  5. Find where I live

What happens if you move / get fired? Do you have to cut off your hand?

Can you take it out?

Does it go off at airports? How about X-rays or MRIs?

X-Ray of my microchips

What if “they” make us get microchipped?

Isn’t it the mark of the beast?

Something else?

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