Wonderful! I cannot wait to get one under my skin to replace a passport, ID card, medical insurance, etc.
- About 3,000 Swedish people have inserted a microchip into their bodies to make their daily lives easier.
- People with the implants can wave their hand near a machine to unlock their office or gym, rather than taking out a key card.
- So-called biohacking is on the rise as more people depend on wearable technology and interconnected devices.
- Many microchip users are not concerned with hacking or surveillance at this point.
Thousands of Swedes are having microchips implanted into their bodies so that they don't need to carry key cards, IDs, and even train tickets.
About 3,000 people in Sweden have inserted a microchip — which is as tiny as a grain of rice — under their skin over the past three years, Agence France-Presse reported. The technology was first used in the country in 2015.
The implants have already helped replace the need for a host of daily necessities. Ulrika Celsing's microchip, which is in her hand, has replaced her gym card and office key card. When she enters her workplace, the 28-year-old simply waves her hand near a small box and types in a code before the doors open, AFP said.
Last year, the state-owned SJ rail line started scanning the hands of passengers with biometric chips to collect their train fare while on board. See how it works around the 2:24 mark in the video below.