Dawn of the bionic age: Body hackers let chips get under their skin

Dawn of the bionic age: Body hackers let chips get under their skin

Tim Cannon, cofounder of a microchip implanting company, Grindhouse Wetware, shows off the spot on the fleshy part of his left hand where he has a subdermal chip. Photo taken July 27, 2017. Tim Johnson McClatchy

If you’re prone to forgetting your card key for the office or your computer password, here’s a solution: Get a microchip implanted in your hand.

That’s what Brian McEvoy has done multiple times. He’s got five implants, mostly for functional reasons but one just for fun.

“There’s a glow-in-the-dark implant on the back of my right hand,” said McEvoy, a 36-year-old electrical engineer from St. Paul, Minnesota.

For years, owners have implanted microchips in their pets to recover them if they go astray. Farmers use them in cattle. Now, humans are experimenting with subdermal microchips, which are the size of a large grain of rice, to make modern life easier.