As kids there were those of us who thought the half-man/half-machine aspect of the Terminator movies was the scariest thing ever. Then there were the rest of us who actively dreamt of being some glorious hybrid of Inspector Gadget and RoboCop. By successfully implanting her Tesla 3 valet card into her own left arm, a computer programmer, game simulator, and all-around techie priestess called Amie DD has recently married body modification and access control in a way that takes all of us in that second category of kid a step closer to our dreams.
Watch Amie DD talk you through her inspiration and process in the video below.
Adorably dubbed "biohacking," this fledgling science is still meeting raised eyebrows in many medical and engineering circles. Amie DD did not let the skepticism of several doctors, nor the naysaying of a few professional peers, deter her from what she saw as an achievable method of access control on par with the RFID chip she already has planted in her hand to govern other aspects of her life.
Had the Java applet from the valet card to her Tesla 3 been transferrable to the chip already implanted in her hand, this would have been just another day in the reverse engineering factory. However, Tesla's card bears a high degree of security that Amie DD found pretty unhackable by the means originally planned.
Tesla's encoding endeavors
This offers an approving nod to Tesla's encoding endeavors, but presented a challenge for Amie DD, so she plucked the RFID chip out of the Tesla 3 valet card with the help of some acetone submersion, a biopolymer sheath, and the hollow needle that would inject it straight into her arm.
No word yet on whether the expriment actually unlocked the car, but a new update video is expected from Amie DD anytime. Check out her page on Hackaday.io to hear Amie talk a bit more about this fascinating foray into extreme biohacking. Somewhere Tony Stark is smiling.