Man Implants Tesla Key In His Hand So He Can Unlock His Car With a Wave

A Utah man has implanted technology under his skin so he can unlock his Tesla and log onto his computer by waving his hand.

Ben Workman has cybernetic implants, which are computer chips embedded under the skin that allow you to perform different functions, reported KRON4.

Fox13 reports that Workman has four chips in his hands that allow him to do different things—unlock his Tesla, unlock the doors at his workplace in Provo, Utah, log on and off his computer and share contact information.

But while those chips are functional, he also has a magnet in his left hand. "It doesn't have any interesting functionality besides magic tricks and fun stuff," he said to Fox13.

Workman said he also plays tricks on those who don't know about his cybernetic implants.,

"I play tricks on people who don't know I have it in my hand. I try and convince them a banana is the key and then I hold a banana up and [the chip] unlocks the door," he added, according to the station.

Workman, of Springville, Utah, said that "experimentation and curiosity" led him to have the chips implanted, but the process was harder than he first thought, according to KRON4.

He said he was turned down by a veterinarian, a doctor and a piercing studio for the first two—and so he ended up having a family member implant the chips for him, according to the station.

The process of implanting the chips—which come in syringes—requires someone to place them under the skin and then "pop the tags out," Workman added.

But implanting the Tesla key was trickier and involved more work, so Workman eventually convinced a piercing studio to help him.

"I figured they would be fine with it, but they took one look at the thing I had in my hands and they said no," Workman said, according to Fox13.

He's now looking forward to implanting a chip that would allow him to pay for purchases with just his hands.

Workman isn't the only person to use experimental technology to enhance his body. Tamara Banbury, a Ph.D. candidate at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, has two chips in her hands, the National Post reported last month.

Her left hand has a radio-frequency identification chip that isn't set up yet, but it could be used to open doors or turn on lights. Another in her right hand is a near-field communication chip that allows her to unlock her phone or share contact information.

Banbury thinks the chips she has will become as ubiquitous as smartphones in the future. "If you misplace your phone, you get a feeling in the pit of your stomach and start padding your pockets because you feel like it should be on you. It's basically a part of you," she told the newspaper.

"I think that someday, instead of having a sim card in your device, people will have it in the palms of their hands."

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