Tesla’s Mannequin Three doesn’t include a bodily key. As a substitute, it may be unlocked and turned on with a smartphone, a car-shaped key fob, or a keycard that turns out to be useful should you don’t have a fob or your telephone dies. One inventive driver found out a method to guarantee that she will all the time unlock and begin her Mannequin 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 house’s entrance door and to ship a smartphone’s browser to her private web site. When she preordered her Mannequin 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 try 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 (concerning the measurement of a Lego mini-figure) implanted into her forearm. In one other video (warning, there’s some blood), she exhibits off the implantation. She additionally documented her course of on Hackaday.
Whereas she doesn’t showcase 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 he or she says that she hopes that’ll enhance because the swelling goes down. On the very least, she’ll by no means by accident lock herself out of her automobile.