By: Erin Lisch
June 22, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- We've heard of microchipping pets, but people are now doing it, and it only costs $57 for a kit.
A tiny chip the size of a grain of rice is now inside Tim Shank's finger.
Shank said, "This is an NFC chip, so it's similar to what phones have nowadays."
Emitting low frequencies, it's programmed to unlock his front door at home.
"That unlocks my door," said Shanks.
And control his smartphone.
"And it turned off my ringer," as Shank shows his phone.
Some even use their chips as card keys for work. But not everyone wants the chip.
Thinking it's incredible technology, yet hesitant, Deidra Pisoni said, "The thought of an implant in your skin is pretty scary to me."
Also concerned about the chips, Satya Dev said, "It may not have problems today, but later on for example, you might get into an accident or just fall... you don't know where that's going to go."
Against the idea, Jaylen Rose said," I wouldn't like it. It's just something about a chip.. probably able to track me."
These devices and kits are being implanted at tattoo and piercing shops.
Instead of a trip to the doctor, those who pierce at Empire Tattooz in Tallahassee say if it is deemed safe, they'd do the procedures.
Roland Nagy said, "I feel like this will become more popular just because most of the time people go to the doctor and stuff like that and it involves insurance and all that... I feel like this way more people will get involved."
There's always a risk for infection if the procedure isn't done correctly, but it's a procedure that some say is worth the risk.
The company that makes the device, 'Dangerous Things,' warns customers that the device hasn't been tested or certified by any regulatory agency for implantation. They also say the use of the device is at your own risk.