Monday February 25, 2019

Man Gets RFID Chip Implant Live at Mobile World Congress

Edgar Pons wanted to get a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip implanted under his skin so that he can use it to unlock his door at home. He decided to get it done live onstage at the Mobile World Congress. "It is super, for me, very useful, because I have an automatic house," he said, adding he was further motivated by the fact he could "withdraw it very easily, simply making a little cut and pressing it". Alex Rodriguez Vitello, a physicist and engineer at Barcelona-based tech company Alpha, said, "The chip is the size of a grain of sand or two and it's covered in a material that is biocompatible so our body doesn't degrade it over time."

During the presentation at the Mobile World Congress, organized by Spanish bank Sabadell, a man named Pau who had already been fitted with a chip, made a payment by placing his smartphone over the skin covering the chip. "(What) we have been seeing now is what the future of payments could be," said Anna Puigoriol, a financial services manager at Sabadell.