A Tesla fanatic will never lose his keys again, after spending $400 ($574) to have them permanently implanted in his hand.
Tesla owner Brandon Dalaly shared a video on social media this week showing him having a chip implanted in his right hand and then using the device to unlock his vehicle, the New York Post reports.
“Now I use it as my key when my Bluetooth key fails or I don’t have my key card,” Dalaly told Teslarati.
“Just use your hand.”
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The strange trick is made possible by a chip called Vivokey Apex, which uses NFC technology, the same “tap to pay” feature that enables Apple Pay on iPhones.
Dalaly said he is part of a beta group of about 100 people who are testing the chips before they are released to the public.
“The company that put this together literally has their own app store where you can wirelessly install apps on your body with these chips,” he said. “And one of the apps turned out to be a Tesla access card. So that was the first app I installed because I have a Tesla.”
In the video, Dalaly has to rub his hand against his vehicle for a few moments before it opens.
However, he wrote on Twitter that the video had been shot “three days after implantation and there was still swelling.”
“Now it is read with a quick tap,” he added. “It can also be combined with any future Tesla.”
Tesla owners who don’t want to be chipped can use an access card or a mobile app to unlock their vehicles.
Dalaly, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, told Teslarati that he already has another, smaller chip in his left hand that stores the keys to his coronavirus vaccination card, his house keys, his credit card. contact and other information.
“The general idea was that I would have my house key in my left hand and my car key in my right hand,” he said.
Implanting the smaller chip in his left hand was easier than the larger NFC chip in his right, Dalaly said.
“The first one was a little bit smaller, so it wasn’t as intense as pushing that giant stick in my hand,” he said. “The first one came pre-filled in a larger syringe. They pushed the syringe in and inserted the chip similar to how they would microchip a dog.”
Dalaly, who works in technology, has also responded to online critics who share “conspiracy theories” about microchipping humans.
“We are at the dawn of this technology and it is a very specialized product,” he said. “And there has been a lot of pushback. People thought that Bill Gates was putting tracking chips in the Covid vaccine. It fuels a lot of conspiracy theories.”
“There are the religious people who have sent me a bunch of weird comments on Facebook about the mark of the beast on the video of my first chip installation,” he added.
“There’s something in the Book of Revelations that talks about this mark on your hand or forehead that shows your allegiance to Satan or something. I just don’t want to have to worry about forgetting my car keys. I’m not here worshiping Satan.”
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is reproduced with permission.