Remember the name Amie DD. The software engineer has recently made a name for herself as one of the pioneers of technology-based bio-hacking, by implanting her Tesla access card into her arm and filming the process.

A few years ago, this would have seemed like a crazy, and pointless, idea. But now, with the commonality of the internet of things, smart homes and phone-based car access, things like this are becoming just a little bit more palatable, or perhaps we’re just slightly less sensitive to this type thing.

Here’s how it was done. Amie took the valet chip from her Tesla Model 3 and put it in acetone, where the card melted away, leaving the functional access chip. she then tested the chip on her car and voila – it worked! All that was left was choosing a place on her body to have it implanted. For this, she chose her forearm. In Teslas, the activation location, where you hold your card to start the car, is in the centre console and with the chip in her forearm, Amie could get in the car, lean as usual and the car would automatically start.

Now it was off to the body modification shop, where confirmation of the location and slightly bloody implanting was carried out. The result was seamless and Amie can now start her car using only her arm.

This isn’t the first modification Amie has completed and now she can get into her house and activate her computer with her body, which she says is a security measure as well as experimentation. Regardless, this type of body modification is likely to become more popular as time goes on.



RFID chip from the Tesla Model 3 valet card using acetone