September 9 is perhaps one of the most anticipated days of 2014 for Apple. After rumors, confirmations and an official press release, Apple and their fans will be waiting with bated breath and long queues as the iPhone 6 makes its debut. Fans are known to do crazy things for products they are loyal to, but one man from Brisbane begs to differ. Living in the future more than most, Ben Slater from Brisbane, Australia has had a microchip implanted in him to control his iPhone 6 without even touching it.
Slater, an advertising director from Brisbane, inserted a microchip over two weeks ago. The microchip is inserted in the webbing of his left hand and is a radio-frequency identification microchip. It is the size of a grain of rice and was injected at a tattoo parlor in Melbourne. For now Slater’s microchip switches lights on and even opens doors. Slater, whose interest lies in technology hopes to control his iPhone 6 with the chip as he programs it to do more than just simple tasks.
As tech savvy fans wait for Sept. 9 to dawn, Slater’s move marks the direction technology can take in the future. Fascinated by technology, Slater’s implant of the microchip is linked to the announcement that the iPhone 6 may come with Near Field Communication (NFC) tags. Wedged between his forefinger and thumb, the microchip not only opens doors, and switch on the lights, it also stores information that is privy to him alone. It may be a great party trick for Slater, but he uses the NFC to store information and pass it on with just a touch. Controlling the ignition in his car is something he hopes will be added in the future. The chip already allows him entry without the keys. A part of Apple’s sales strategy is iOS 8, allowing for NFC technology to incorporate wireless control.
The implant, Slater told Daily Mail Australia, was done to generate a discussion in futuristic technology. The intrigued advertising director likes to think that most people would not believe that some random Australian guy would arrange something like this today. Discussing the procedure, Slater recalled a quick but painful insertion.The grain-sized microchip was injected by a syringe, but needed the utmost care afterwards to avoid it travelling down his hand. Slater had to be careful for at least two weeks to avoid this problem.
For Australia, microchips may be relatively new, but the U.S. has long been using it to keep tabs on personal medical conditions. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been using it since 2004 according to The Sydney Morning Herald. It may be interesting to see this use of technology with the iPhone 6, a device that promises to be bigger, better and faster than its predecessors. Slater will make interesting news in the future as he learns to control and manipulate the iPhone 6 with the microchip implanted in his hand.
By Rathan Paul Harshavardan.