By Katy Gill
A self-proclaimed cyborg is showcasing the futuristic and convenient chips he has injected into his hands and wrists – objects which act as the keys to his front door and motorbike.
Russ Foxx, 36, from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has had over 100 modifications applied to his body, ranging from the electronic business cards being insert to silicon horns implanted into his forehead.
The body modification artist recently showcased the convenience of the highly secure chips lie under his skin – a display that included unlocking a hand-made wooden concealment table.
Russ has replaced the keys to the ignition of his motorbike and front door with chips that work in cohesion with reader, meaning he no longer needs to carry keys or fobs with him on a daily basis.
The process of implanting the self-installed RFID (radio frequency identification) and NFC (near-field communication) transponders takes only a few seconds and is completely painless – they are 2-by-12mm in size, which is no larger than a grain of rice.
Requiring no batteries or charging, the chips are powered by the electromagnetic induction when introduced into a close enough proximity to their designated readers.
Once implanted, the glass-encased transponders cannot be seen, but can be felt underneath the skin.
They are impervious to theft and are protected from any physical damage by the human body.
Russ said: “I identify as a cyborg and I see these implants as a means to interact with the world around me – anyone who carries keys could benefit equally from having these implants.
“Keys can be lost or stolen; implanted transponders make belongings more secure, they are impervious to theft and the body protects them from physical damage.
“Though I hope I’ll never need them, I do keep backups of the transponders in case I were to ever lose my hand.
“Our bodies are a very effective defense against hacking.
“Implanting the chips has been both beneficial and fun – they have had no negative impact on my life whatsoever, they carry more benefits than they do risks.
“Having the RFID and NFC transponders fitted has certainly made storing data and accessing my secure places more convenient and personal – they have countless amounts of applications.
“Being chipped is quick, painless and fast to heal – they are small and easily removed, if desired.
“They save me time every single day – no more carrying around, forgetting or misplacing keys or having to remember access codes.”
Many people are said to experience trepidation prior to understanding this futuristic technology, with rumors of being ‘tracked by big-brother’ – though not proven and not a concern of Russ.
After getting his ears pierced at aged 5, the now-38-year-old quickly became fascinated by the world of extreme aesthetic manipulation, and by age 18, the modifications parlour owner had over 50 piercings in his face – leading to the childhood nickname ‘Tackle Box.’
When asked about the modifications previously, Russ said: “Since becoming an adult, I find myself gravitating towards more functional modifications that enhance my natural abilities.
“If there is anything I truly own, it’s my body.
“I view modifications as the art and my body is the canvas.
“I define myself as a trans-humanist – I evolve with technology and time.
“I’m always updating; always upgrading.”