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« on: November 10, 2012, 11:45:29 AM »
A few weeks ago, Mack posted a link on Familab's IRC: https://dangerousthings.com/ which upon further inspection turned out to be a little online storefront that sells, well, dangerous things. Poking around on there I was intrigued to find a MIFARE Classic 1k NFC chip housed in a sterile glass vial, 2mm * 12mm. This chip functions using the same technology that exists in my phone, and in many other phones around the world, allowing me to read and write up to 716 bytes of data to this tag, without direct contact.

The owner of this site, Amal authored the book "RFID Toys" and speaks regularly about promoting NFC and RFID implementations, both implanted and not. After reviewing his articles and videos on the subject, I realized that this could very easily be a DIY project. However, not having four hands and wanting to find someone with more experience, I traveled down to Axiom piercing to see what they thought about what I was trying to do. The guys at Axiom were extremely helpful, and made some recommendations about how it could be done. They pointed me to another local body mod shop that had someone they thought could help.

The piercing process was extremely quick and easy. The artist pinched up my skin, pushed it in, worked a little to get it situated properly and pulled it back out, less one microchip. For reference, there was significantly more pain when I pulled the bandaid off today to check how it was healing than when I was getting injected. Shortly after, I read it for the first time on the inside of my skin. "Hello, from the inside of my hand!" the message I programmed earlier showed on my phone!

I have since reprogrammed it several times, gotten better at positioning the phone to read it more quickly, and ordered some NFC tech for use with a Pi. Of note, most NFC antennas are meant to read large stickers and tags, so you have to find the right spot(s) on what is usually a relatively large antenna (compared to the 2*12mm chip) to get a quick read. I'm going to see if I can make a smaller antenna that will read a smaller tag more reliably.

It was really strange the first time I realized, I am now a data storage device. I will at all times, asleep or awake, swimming, skydiving, whatever, have data inside of me. I can quickly and easily change that data, and many people are walking around with devices that can efficiently read and copy that data. This is a really interesting feeling. All in all, I'm quite happy with the whole process, and I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do with it. If I'm still happy with things in a month or two (and I'm quite sure I will be) then I will probably be chipping my other hand. One, for identification (think door unlocking, computer logons, and such) and the other for whatever I want. A link to my personal site? Crazy cat videos? I'm not sure, yet.

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Re: I am cyborg
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2012, 12:32:09 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2012, 03:17:50 PM »
I caught the tail end of the IRC thread. You are one crazy and brave person. Can we hack you now?

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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2012, 06:56:00 PM »
I think Ted and Graham just want to break it. Hacking me would be awesome. I was reading about how data is stored: https://dangerousthings.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/NFC-Access-Control-for-Mifare-S50.pdf

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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2012, 11:08:59 AM »
I have a cyborg buddy! Lance R Vick got his last night, and we played around a little with reading NFC tags using the Pi. Turns out since they give us code to run the board, and you have to have seperate specs for each tag, that it's much easier to use the code they give us and dump it into an arduino and then that ends up feeding data to the Pi. I'll be posting what we make as I get further along. Time to slowly assimilate everyone else into the cyborg contingent. Resistance is futile.