An Australian 'biohacker' hopes an implant in his thumb will soon allow him to pay for things using contactless machines

Finding space in your pockets for all your essentials can often be quite tricky when you’re trying to go out for a ride. Your phone, your nutrition, your inner tubes and pump and some cash all take up just that little bit too much space.

If you follow the extreme example of an Australian chap you may not have to carry cash or cards with you for much longer. But it isn’t a particularly simple process and involves slightly mutating your body…

Meow-Ludo Meow Meow (not his birth name, but one he changed to several years ago) has had a microchip implanted into the back of his thumb that could act like a contactless bank card.

Tech website Mashable describes Meow as a ‘biohacker’ – someone who is blending his body with technology. Currently the chip can only perform small tasks, but Meow hopes to make the implant work to make contactless payments on the Commonwealth Bank’s card machines.

“If you think about it like a cat or dog microchip, it’s quite quick and quite painless,” he told Mashable, explaining he felt tenderness in his thumb for a short time.

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Meow hopes that the chip will one day mean he doesn’t have to carry keys around with him either.

“Your keys and wallet — those two things can be entirely replaced with a chip in your hand,” Meow said. “When you put your hands on the steering wheel, that could start your car.”

Would you be willing to undergo minor surgery in order to leave your wallet at home? Would you go further than that? Let us know in the comments below.

  • J1

    I’m also worried about the rise in thumb theft.

  • Adam Beevers

    What if my thumb gets hacked or stolen?

  • CyberTonTo72

    You can already get RiFD chips that can be embedded into your hand, its nothing new and has been around before they got used in CC’s

  • ridein

    Thieves can hack into your contactless bank cards

  • Michael

    Seems a bit pointless. I never take a wallet or cash with me. Most of the time I’m in the middle of the countryside with no shops. Unless I wanted to purchase a cow or a sheep, there’s little use for money.

    I have a few torm jerseys and my phone fits neatly into the pocket on the back without sagging. My house key fits neatly into one of the zip pockets and weighs next to nothing.

    I think my phone weighs about 136g. So it’s not really a burden. I carry that as a map and as a means of contacting people and, in the future, it may double as a means of payment (although, as I said, I don’t really take or spend money now) – if I hadn’t already purchased a edge 500 I’d probably connect the phone to the stem and use it as a means of capturing power and other data.

    I don’t see the point of getting an embedded chip. Perhaps one day wearable technology and even perhaps some form of contact lens may replace a smartphone, but that’s not yet and a chip embedded in your thumb seems a poor decision because one thing you learn about technology is, every year there’s a newer model with better features.