Someone implanted a chip into her arm to start a Tesla without a key

Taking keyless entry to new heights
by Drei Laurel | Aug 14, 2019

‘Keyless entry’ is a feature that’s fast becoming common among cars these days. Basically, this allows you to unlock and start your vehicle without the need to pull your keyfob out, provided it’s on your person. Convenient, but not as convenient as it could be.

A biohacker by the name of Amie DD has just implanted the chip from a Tesla Model 3 valet key card—measuring in at about 40mm by 10mm—into her arm, essentially turning herself into a living, breathing, walking keyfob.

The first step was extracting the chip from the card itself, which was slightly more complicated than it sounds. Cutting through the card wasn’t an option, as the chip’s antenna runs around underneath the plastic, so Amie DD dissolved it in acetone instead—accidentally dropping her phone into the glass container in the process. Whoops.

Next, she encased the chip in biopolymer, a synthetic substance that will allow the chip to be placed in her body. The encased chip was then implanted underneath the skin of her forearm.

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“I didn’t even cry! My year-long Tesla Model 3 bio implant hack project wouldn’t be possible without Amal at vivokey encasing my chip implant in biopolymer and Pineapple to install it safely,” Amie wrote in her blog. “My cyberpunk upgrades are complete!”

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Amie DD has yet to post a video update actually showing her new implant in action, but it shouldn’t be long until she does. In the meantime, you can watch the entire project from start to surgery in the video above. We do have to warn you there’s a bit of blood shown, so you might want to skip it if you’re squeamish.

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