A doctor who got fed up of getting his wallet out all the time says life is "a lot easier" after getting several microchips implanted into his hand.
"Body hacker" Alexander Volchek gains access to his hospital by waving his inbuilt work pass.
His hand also acts as an intercom pass and even stores his personal data by connecting to his smartphone without needing to encrypt it.
Dubbed "Doctor Chip" by Russian media, he says: “In order to get to work, you need to take out your purse, take a card out of it, apply it, put it back, not lose it, it is very important because my wife got her chip after she lost four cards.
“Instead of this, with a well-worked out movement, just put your hand to the reader, you don’t notice the infrastructure around you. It makes your life a lot easier."
The obstetrician-gynaecologist from Novosibirsk recently made headlines after announcing he had implanted a bank card chip in his arm, odditycentral.com reports.
He hopes it will let him carry out contactless transactions by waving his palm instead of using a credit card.
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Dr Volchek's wife meanwhile is among more than 200 other people he has operated on to give them subdermal chips since he first read about them a decade ago.
He got his first chip implant 2014 after reading about cultists against the idea.
The medic knew that they were used vets as early as the mid-2000s and found out they were already being manufactured in the USA and China – and started experimenting on himself.
Despite his efforts to popularise them, the chip implants haven't taken off as fast as he had hoped.
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Speaking four years ago, Dr Volchek said medical chips, such as an implantable glucometre for measuring blood sugar, still weren't available.
“There are no other things in it apart from identification and getting some pleasure out of it, because medical implanted devices have not yet reached the level of miniaturisation and the level of energy consumption that would be desired in order to be used in general practice,” he said.
In March we reported that scientists have taken a step towards creating androids and using stem cells to regrow organs and fix birth defects.
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American researchers created robots by reengineering frog stem cells into living tissues that do not exist in nature, dubbed 'Xenobots'.
The "synthetic living machines" are swarms of identical cells that already "exhibit coordinated locomotion" – and are now set to be scaled up into "large scale anatomies" such as organ tissues.
"We show that the xenobots can navigate aqueous environments in diverse ways, heal after damage, and show emergent group behaviours," the researchers wrote in their paper.
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