At the newly opened Epicenter office complex in central Stockholm, office workers can now open doors and operate the photocopier with a chip implanted in their hands.
The so-called RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip is made from pyrex glass and contains an antenna and microchip, with no need for batteries. instead of identification cards and pass codes, all a worker has to do is wave their hand in front of a sensor. It currently enables people to open doors, operate a photocopier and swap contact details via a smartphone.
The high-tech Epicenter office block was inaugurated last month and aims to bring innovative companies – large and small – together under one roof. Co-founder and CEO Patrick Mesterton said his office complex was the ideal location to test such a technology.
While the current range of benefits the chip offers is rather limited, Mesterton said the aim is to explore what possibilities the chip represents, and see how products and services can be developed around the technology. In the future, as the applications that can be used with the chip are developed, the hope is that workers in the building will be able to purchase food in the canteen and even check their health.
Since the amount of metal in the chip is so small, there is no risk of it setting off metal detectors and it is also safe during MRI scans and when using an induction oven. It is also very unlikely to break inside the body as it is buffered by the surrounding the skin and tissue.
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