A dedicated Tesla owner has taken extreme lengths to ensure he’ll never be caught without his car keys again.
Yes, there’s nothing worse than running around the house trying to find your car keys, but for Tesla owner Brandon Dalaly, that problem is a thing of the past.
Per Insider, Dalaly has recently shared the results of a small body modification that saw him have his VivoKey Apex chip implanted under the skin in his hand.
Dalaly reportedly paid a professional piercer $400 for the implant, with the near-field communication (NFC) chip being covered with a biocompatible substance before being placed under his flesh.
After the procedure was complete, he proudly took to Twitter to share a video of him successfully unlocking his Tesla by placing his hand on the vehicle.
Check it out below:
Finally decided to take my phone key issues in to my own hands… literally. Tesla key chip implant. pic.twitter.com/RVK8ZaePoI
— Brandon Dalaly (@BrandonDalaly) August 16, 2022
In a tweet tagging Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Dalaly wrote: “Finally decided to take my phone key issues in to my own hands… literally. Tesla key chip implant.”
Amazingly, Dalaly has revealed in a subsequent interview with media site Teslarati that this is not his first chip implant. Yes, Dalaly also has a smaller chip implanted in his left hand that not only acts as his house key, but also stores his contact and medical information.
“The whole idea was that I would have my house key in my left hand and my car key in my right hand,” he told Teslarati. “And then what’s really cool is when it’s approved, they can wirelessly activate the new chip I just got to do credit card transactions. I can link a credit card to it and I can use it anywhere where there are tap-to-pay terminals.”
For his Telsa chip, he also revealed that his hand was anesthetized with lidocaine as the piercer used a four-gauge needle in order to insert the tech under his skin.
However, rather than finding his new implant “cool”, many Twitter users were left rather baffled by the whole thing.
One Twitter user had plenty of questions, commenting: “Looks like you have to pretty much rub your hand on the sensor for it to read the chip. How often do you have to lose your keys to make this worthwhile? It’s not that hard to keep track of your keys. What if you get a new car? Or park someplace with valet service? Hurt that hand?”
Looks like you have to pretty much rub your hand on the sensor for it to read the chip. How often do you have to lose your keys to make this worthwhile? It's not that hard to keep track of your keys. What if you get a new car? Or park someplace with valet service? Hurt that hand?
— AmeriCat🇺🇸First!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@CarolM39) August 21, 2022
What will you do when you buy a new Tesla?
— Emin Hajiyev (@EHajiyev) August 21, 2022
A second asked: “What will you do when you buy a new Tesla?”
Dalaly admitted that although this sort of procedure sparks a lot of conspiracy theories (*cough* Bill Gates *cough cough*), he stresses that we are “on the dawn” of this technology and it is still “a very niche product”.