This week I got my payment chip implanted. I found in Austria a doctor who was willing to do the procedure I got the chip implanted on Tuesday. Yesteday I paid the first time with my implant.
I can’t explain it with words - this is so amazing, incredible,… - love it
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCMENT;
For this to work you must have a mini bank card (only appear to be available in Germany and Austria) then this is transformed into an implant. YOU CANNOT MAKE THIS WORK WITH ANY OTHER IMPLANT.
As cool as it is and as cool as I think it is, I’m kinda having second thoughts on using my eventual Apex for payments. Not sure how many places are going to be happy with you rubbing against their debit machines in a post lockdown world
IIRC the cards are designed to be tamper resistant and everything basically disintegrates if you take the card apart. The success rate would be so low it’s not viable to offer it as a paid service. Also EMV might not take too kindly to it while we’re trying to negotiate with them, and apparently opinion matters when making business decisions for them. They’re so fickle.
@Satur9 is close… but basically the manufacturing process to make a normal card uses a “dual interface module” which places the chip behind the metal pads of the contact interface, fixed in place using resin. From that blog, two extremely tiny wires normally used for wire bonding go from the silicon die pads out to the antenna. Extracting the die from the resin and tapping those wires is beyond my skillset.
Have one of those somewhere around, it got deactivated with the account - don’t use Westpac in Aus, their online banking passwords are 6 char max.
I had one of those OG commbank PayTags (but they’re long discontinued). I applied before I was 16 and 3 weeks later got a “Sorry, you can’t have this mate” letter from the team handling them when they first came out. They were for iPhones mainly.
I will provide some photos from Amal’s testing after he put it back on the original antenna.
This is the HOVA (I disassembled it myself - careful prodding with a Stanley knife found the chip)