Start-up Spotlight: Dangerous Things

In today’s modern age of technology rapidly changing and evolving, more and more crazy things are happening than ever. One of the biggest (and to some, strangest) thing that is happening is that an always growing community of people are actually implanting a small, RFID chip into their hands. These RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips are actually sold by a man and his company. Here I will take a look at this man, his company, what these chips are doing and more.


 

Before getting into the person and company who makes and sells these chips, let’s look at why someone would buy them. These RFID chips can do a wide variety of tasks for those who install them such as unlock computers, open doors at home and more. Basically, these can upgrade your life in a few different ways that would never be possible without the chip. This is also (to many people) about the thrill of being the first to try and experiment with something completely new in the tech space.

(soure: dangerousthings.com)

(soure: dangerousthings.com)

Now, these chips are manufactured and sold by a man named Amal Graafstra and his company called Dangerous Things. Graafstra became famous back in 2005 when he implanted a chip into his hand, which was obviously very strange and intriguing for people. As a result, he got numerous people contact him about where they could get them, and eventually, he decided to make a business out of it. Since then, the company has actually sold more than 10,000 of these chips in only a few years and made a total of $150,000 in 2015.

Now this may seem a little crazy and extremely dangerous to some people, but this technology is already around us (but obviously not inside us). Things like passports, employee key cards and more already have contained this technology for years. Probably the most dangerous part of this whole thing is actually implanting the device. Doctors won’t do it, so Dangerous Things sells a kit to install them on your own and have also trained body piercers to do the procedure. I wonder what’s next for these body hackers?

(source: govtech.com)

(source: govtech.com)