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Woman Gets Microchips Implanted In Hands (Photos/Video)

| by Brendan Kelly
X-ray showing microchips in Shanti Korporaal's handsX-ray showing microchips in Shanti Korporaal's hands

An Australian woman has had two microchips implanted into her hands to make use of electronic devices easier (video below).

Shanti Korporaal, a futurist, was "chipped" earlier this year to make her life easier and more secure through the use of technology.

Korporaal says that after having the microchips implanted, she no longer has to carry keys or cards to get into her car or workplace. She hopes to one day exclusively use the chips to pay for things, without the use of credit cards or cash.

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The chips, which are about the size of a grain of rice, can contain information such as personal medical data and contact information from mobile devices, according to Yahoo News.

Video of Korporaal uploaded to the Future Sumo YouTube account shows the futurist using her hands to gain access to a car park and a secure building. 

"You could set up your life so you never have to worry about any password or PINs," Korporaal told News.com.au.

While the trend is currently a niche market, it seems to be catching on. As the Daily Mail notes, more than 400 employees at a company in Sweden chose to have chips implanted instead of using a work pass.

Korporaal says that as the technology improves, the idea of a "super-human" is within reach.

Amal Graafstra, a pioneer of the technology, has had implants since 2005. He told Sunrise he uses the chips to unlock doors to his home and waves his hands over his keyboard to log in to his computer.

Graafstra says the procedure to insert the chips takes under a minute to complete. The chips are placed in between the thumb and index finger.

Korporaal and her husband have set up a distribution service for the technology, called Chip My Life. An implant in Australia costs between $60 and $105.

Sources: Yahoo NewsDaily Mail / Photo credit: YouTube via Yahoo News

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