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Posted on Jul 16, 2017

Opal card.jpgImagine you are in a long queue at the ticket barriers, and your train is just arriving at the platform. As you make your way to the front of the queue, you finally realise that you've misplaced your travel card… But what could give you more time, less frustration and more ease? One passenger in Sydney went to new extremes after he decided to have a microscopic pin inserted under his skin. Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (his official name) believes he has devised a ground-breaking way to prevent long waits at the ticket barriers and has confidence that this will soon become the norm. Meow-Ludo had the Sydney Opal card implanted in his hand which allows him to use public transport across the city.

"This has made him only more curious to see what kind of reactions he will receive by transport staff at Sydney station when they finally discover his identity as a biohacker."

The travel card chip was surgically inserted by a professional piercer and took around an hour. The chip, created by US company Dangerous Things, is accompanied by others in his hands and arms that carry documents. It was cut down to ten milometres by six milometres, dissolved in acetone and then covered in silicon.

"It is the perfect solution to not have to worry about losing an expensive season ticket, although I admit it’s not going to be everybody’s cup of tea," he said according to the Metro.

The Opal card has the same function as London’s Oyster card which allows the user to tap in and out of stations and buses.

Meow-Ludo said that his new implant gives him "an ability not everyone else has".

Click here to get your free copy of the next generation of rail and metro wireless communications digital guide"If someone stole my wallet I could still get home," he told ABC News.

Meow-Ludo reported sometimes the card readers don't register his implant on the first tap, but that can also happen with a regular card. However, such an act impedes the terms and conditions of owning an Opal card. The conditions state that people must not “misuse, deface, alter, tamper with or deliberately damage or destroy the Opal Card.’

This has made him only more curious to see what kind of reactions he will receive by transport staff at Sydney station when they finally discover his identity as a biohacker.

Some London passengers have resorted to less extreme and more creative ways to travel on the city’s transport network. By cutting up their Oyster card chips they have stored the technology in key rings and even wands!

Meow-Ludo believes that his chip isn’t revolutionary technology but suggests this in only the start of something more permanent in the future.


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On graduating with a degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway University of London, Emily joined the editorial team. When she isn't writing articles for the website or interviewing experts in th...read more