Tesla’s Model 3 doesn’t come with a physical key. Instead, it may be unlocked and turned on with a smartphone, a car-shaped key fob, or a keycard that turns out to be useful in the event you don’t have a fob or your telephone dies. One artistic driver discovered a strategy to ensure that she will be able to all the time unlock and begin her Model 3: she implanted the RFID tag from the keycard into her forearm.
Amie DD is a software program engineer and self-described “maker of things.” In a video, she defined that she had implanted an RFID tag in her arm years in the past, which she had used to open her residence’s entrance door and to ship a smartphone’s browser to her private web site. When she preordered her Model 3, she realized that she might most likely do one thing comparable with the keycard. She didn’t have any luck transferring the software program to her present chip, so she determined to extract the cardboard’s chip and implant that into her arm.
To do this, she dissolved the cardboard utilizing acetone, and had it encased in a biopolymer. From there, she went to a body-modification studio to have the chip (in regards to the measurement of a Lego mini-figure) implanted into her forearm. In one other video (warning, there’s some blood), she reveals off the implantation. She additionally documented her process on Hackaday.
While she doesn’t exhibit the chip in motion on the video (she noted on Twitter that her arm was swollen proper after she had the chip implanted), she advised The Verge through DM that the chip does work, though the vary from her arm to the console “isn’t the greatest,” — about an inch (25 mm) — and she or he says that she hopes that’ll enhance because the swelling goes down. At the very least, she’ll by no means by chance lock herself out of her automotive.