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Artist Implants RFID Chip Under Skin for Digital Tattoo (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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New York artist Anthony Antonellis recently had a "body modification specialist" cut open the skin between his thumb and index finger, and insert a RFID chip.

The chip is the size of a grain of sand, is encased in a glass capsule and includes a tiny antenna. The RFID stores 1KB of data that is readable by cell phones.

When a compatible smartphone is held two centimeters, or less, from his hand, a GIF of a pixelated rainbow shows up on the cell phone's screen.

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Antonellis says the RFID chop can be loaded with other pieces of electronic art.

"I Eternal Sunshine'd that entire hour of my life. I think of it as a changeable, digital net art tattoo vs. fixed information," Antonellis told AnimalNewYork.com, which recorded the implantation (video below).

Source: AnimalNewYork.com