Scared of Getting an RFID Implant? You’ve Got Options!
Dangerous Things, a company Who implants RFID technology in the body, are now looking outside of the body, and are working on a hackable bluetooth switch.
Amal Graafstra is a hacker who usually has things at his service. He currently has an RFID chip implanted in both of his hands, and he uses them for unlocking doors, the ignition of his motorbike and his computer log on. Now Graafstra and his company, Dangerous Things, which is based out of Seattle, are working towards putting more power in the hands of hackers in hopes that they can further adapt their environments to suit them.
The first most recent project they are working is called Switcheroo, this involves a minute Bluetooth PCB which has the capability to interact with the controls of microprocessors. The upshot is that it can be used to operate appliances, thermostats and even appliances. The project ran on Kickstarter and is now fully funded, surpassing the required $26,000, and is deliverable by August of this year. The campaign still has six days left to run.
Dangerous Things does well outside of their biohacking products, and have reported over 700% sales growth in the last couple of years. One of the most successful products was their xNT NFC- compatible chip implant, funded through Indiegogo, and this has expanded into a full range of similar products.
The company claims that the Switcheroo will give people whom may have been too squeamish to have the technology implanted beneath their skin the capacity to gain the benefits of their products.
Most of the functions that will be performed by the Switcheroo are currently available in other commercial products, though they are locked behind proprietary software and high-end hardware units.
A lot of people have devices to open their garage door or start their car which work perfectly well, and there is no need to invest over $100,000 in a new device, but there’s a lot more to consider than just the functions.
People will be able to open up the device in order to attach Switcheroo’s quartet of outputs to a variety of parts on the micro-controller. A coin cell battery will power it for around a year, and perform more critical tasks by accessing the host cells battery. Users will interface with the chip via their smartphone.
Dangerous Things already has made the provision of supplying Instructables, and the full technical specification is accessible via their Kickstarter page.
Watch the video below to see Switcheroo in action: