Man can unlock Tesla car with only his hand through chip implant

/ 01:54 PM December 25, 2019
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Unlocking cars and opening doors with just a simple wave is no longer science fiction, apparently, as one man in Utah, United States has proven — he can unlock his Tesla Model 3 just by his bare hand because of a cybernetic implant.

Ben Workman had the RFID chip of his car’s key card implanted into the back of his hand, as per local TV station Fox 13 last Sunday, Dec. 22.


This is, however, only the latest of the three chips he already had implanted into his hands before this one: he has one to unlock doors at his work, one to log on and off of his computer, and one used to share contact information. His choices have been inspired by a sense of  “experimentation and curiosity.”

Workman also has a magnet implanted into his left hand, which he admittedly uses mostly for party tricks.


“It doesn’t have any interesting functionality besides magic tricks and fun stuff […] I play tricks on people who don’t know I have it in my hand,” he was quoted as saying. “I try and convince them a banana is the key and then I hold a banana up and [a chip] unlocks the door.”

Having cybernetic implants is not easy, according to Workman. For his first two implants, doctors, veterinarians and a piercing studio rejected his request, which was then fulfilled only by a family member.

“To get them in, they come in syringes, just place them under the skin and pop the tags out,” he added.

As for having his Tesla key implanted, it was not as simple as the others, the report stated. Luckily, Workman was able to convince a piercing studio to do it for him.

He aims to be able to one day just pay for stuff just by using his chip-laden hands. Ian Biong/JB


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TOPICS: Cars, chips, implants, robotics, Tesla, Transportation
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