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Russian engineer implants NFC travel card chip into his hand to speed up commute

Zaitsev now wants to insert a credit card chip into his other hand

Published 19/06/2015

The scar Vlad Zaitsev was left with after implanting his travel card into his hand (Image: YouTube/Madrobots.Ru)
The scar Vlad Zaitsev was left with after implanting his travel card into his hand (Image: YouTube/Madrobots.Ru)

Russian engineer Vlad Zaitsev is so committed to speeding up his commute that he has inserted his travel card under his skin.

Zaitsev has implanted NFC chips from both his travel card and his office swipe card into his hand.

Vlad Zaitsev's hand before the operation (Image: YouTube/Madrobots.Ru)
Vlad Zaitsev's hand before the operation (Image: YouTube/Madrobots.Ru)

To extract the chips, Zaitsev dissolved the cards in acetone. He then covered the resulting metal pieces into silicon, making it safe to insert the technology into the side of his hand.

A gory video of the procedure shows the silicon disk being placed into a deep opening in his hand, as well as his large scar when he is sewn back up.

Zaitsev now hopes to inject a chip from a credit card into his other hand, according to a Madrobots.Ru YouTube video.

"It is the perfect solution to not have to worry about losing an expensive season ticket, although I admit it’s not going to be everybody’s cup of tea," he said.

Although less drastic, travellers on the London’s transport network have also found inventive ways to use their Oyster Card chips.

By snapping open their cards to retrieve the tiny piece of technology, Londoners have been known to attach chips to everything from key rings to wands.

Zaitsev's experiment comes after Tim Cannon, a self-styled biohacker in Germany, inserted an implant into his arm which records data from his body which is transferred to his Android smartphone, Vice News reported.

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The silicon chip which Vlad Zaitsev implanted into his hand (YouTube/Madrobots.Ru)
The silicon chip which Vlad Zaitsev implanted into his hand (YouTube/Madrobots.Ru)
Vlad Zaitsev, who used his hand as a guinea pig (Image: YouTube/Madrobots.Ru)
Vlad Zaitsev, who used his hand as a guinea pig (Image: YouTube/Madrobots.Ru)

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