Tech Transformers

Lost your keys? Just inject a chip into your hand

Jessica Hartogs, Special to CNBC

Is melding man and machine the future? That's what founder and chief executive Amal Graafstra's company Dangerous Things has imagined by offering people the chance to never have to worry about forgetting their keys or passwords again -- as long as you inject a microchip into your body.

Graafstra's idea was to make life easier through technology by implanting the chips into human flesh. He himself has a RFID chip in each of his hands, between his index and thumb.

"I use these chips on a daily basis to access my home, get into my car, start my car, log into the computer, start my motorcycle, those kind of things," Graafstra told CNBC at the CeBit Fair in Hannover, Germany, on Tuesday.

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"I just walk up to the car, there's a little sensor in the window, I place my hand there, car opens, get in and I go," he explained.

Dangerous Things sells a body hacking kit for $40 online which includes NFC chips, RFID chips and biomagnets and a sterilized injection needle to insert the device.

"These are not medical devices, they're not used in treatment of diseases. They don't require FDA approval in the U.S.," said Graafstra, adding that the devices are not illegal.

The CEO explained that although the company had the option of getting U.S. Food & Drug Administration approval, "We opted not to because that would restrict the types of professionals who can do the installations."

Gaafstra demonstrated to CNBC how he can open a door with a simple wave of his hand, "It's really convenient when I have heavy stuff."


The chip, which does not require a battery, is not dangerous, assured Graafstra. The company name "came from all the resistance we got when we first started talking about the idea," he explained.

In case the idea appeals, Dangerous Things is offering a 'Happy Hour' at the CeBit Fair, where you can get a chip implanted; 16 people had them implanted on Monday, the first day of the fair, Graafstra told CNBC.

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