People Are Volunteering To Get Microchips Embedded Under Their Skin

Have you ever lost your keys? Your credit card? The keycard you desperately need to get into your office building? Of course, you have! So think long and hard about this next question: Would you trade out all of those items for a tiny microchip implanted into your skin?

Here’s another idea. Imagine all of the smart devices you wear and the information they collect being stored in that same microchip. As futuristic as it sounds, there are already thousands of people using microchips injected into their skin to replace things like credit cards, keys, an ID and, in some cases, train tickets. They’re being used around the world, including in the United States!

What Is Microchipping?

In the case of microchipping, also known as biohacking, a rice-sized microchip is inserted into your hand in seconds. The phenomenon is based on the idea of using the human body to connect to technology.

There are two types of technology associated with microchips.

Some microchips use RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology. Also referred to as “chip” technology, it uses electromagnetic fields to identify electronically stored information. It’s the same technology used in credit cards that you wave over a screen, instead of cards you scan through a credit card reader.

People can also get NFC (near-field communication) chips embedded into their hands.

Both types allow users to send data without any wires, phones or codes.

Swedes Embrace Microchips

Sweden is embracing microchip technology faster than any other country. Swedes began experimenting with microchips starting in 2015. Right now, about 3,000 people in Sweden have traded in wallets and handbags for a simple swipe of the hand!

Volunteer Ulrika Celsing says she waves her hand over a small box to get into work.

“It was fun to try something new and to see what one could use it for to make life easier in the future,” Celsing told the Agence France-Presse, according to Yahoo News.

Swedish biohacking company BioNyfiken is even making implant parties a thing. The company gets groups of people together to get chips embedded into their hands at the same time.

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