Crowdfunding campaign will embed an NFC chip in your hand for $99

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This tiny RFID tag can turn your hand into an NFC-enabled device.

This tiny RFID tag can turn your hand into an NFC-enabled device.

Entering your home with keys or logging into your PC with a password might be a thing of the past if the latest NFC technology from Dangerous Things catches on.

The Seattle-based company already surpassed the $8,000 funding goal for the xNT, a NFC-compliant RFID tag that is inserted underneath the skin of your hand. 

You may have seen NFC (near-field communications) technology in action already. It uses radio frequencies that allow devices to send and receive data wirelessly with another device containing a NFC tag. For example, some retailers allow customers to make purchases by holding your phone close to a receiver at a cash register.

But the xNT tag, encased in a 2mm x 12mm cylindrical bioglass vial and sterilized in ethylene oxide gas, actually goes into your hand with a fairly simple surgical procedure. Afterward, your hand essentially turns into an NFC-enabled smartphone.

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Amal Graafstra, Dangerous Things founder and a double RFID implantee. You can see his tags in between the thumb and pointer finger.

Once you have the xNT installed in your body, you can simply use your hand to unlock a car, computer or house door, among other neat tricks. Ken Kyger, an Android developer and NFC enthusiast, had the xNT implanted and said it took less than two days for the entire healing process. He’s already built an app that allows him to turn off the lights by waving his hand over a smartphone.

“This is absolutely one of the cooler things I’ve ever done,” Kyger said in the video below.

For $99, you can order the chip and also receive a personal injection system, which is designed for a body piercer, body modification professional, nurse, doctor or veterinarian to use for implanting the tag into your hand.

Dangerous Things was founded last year by Amal Graafstra, a double RFID implantee. We had Graafstra on our radio show last year and he spoke about his RFID lifestyle, how he uses the tags, how he responds to critics, and where he thinks RFID is headed long term.

Check out the video below to watch Graafstra talk about the xNT.

  • NoWayJose

    Scary shit…

  • http://blog.collab.net/ Jack Repenning

    Dear Sir: Big Bank Incorporated regrets to inform you that files containing your NFC ID may have been stolen by hackers. Please replace your hand at your earliest convenience. Have a nice day!

  • Red Russak

    How can you NOT want one? It’s very tempting. If there was somebody in Seattle offering to do it, I’d consider it.

  • Dayami

    “there’s really no negative downfalls…” hmmm except the fact you can go straight to hell. this is the mark of the beast, people. DO NOT IMPLANT!!! Google: Rev.13:16-18 DO NOT BE DECEIVED!

    • Mike S

      And grievous sores will come upon them. The chips are powered by a person’s body, so, in essence, the chip and the body are as one, and there is no divorce from it. Once installed, it’s over.

      • Isaac Rowe

        No, it’s powered by an external magnet that induces a current in it’s internal coil.

    • Isaac Rowe

      He already got you. The Mark of the Beast is your cell phone. Sorry about that.

  • Mario

    Fuck that chip hope the makers dos when god comes I’m not Religious but u can’t fight the truth of god his son said it wuz coming Well now it’s here

    • Isaac Rowe

      You sure do sound religious… And crazy. And like a teenage girl.

  • Garry

    So now if a criminal demands me to give up my keys to a car or house of mine, or gain some information of me, instead of just giving them it and letting the
    insurance deal with the lost. I now have to have someone opening me up to remove the chip, or have my hand chopped off
    instead? Plus all the people reverse engineering this stuff to get around the
    security and safe guards? I stay with my keys, papers and ID Cards, thank you.