SYDNEY -- A Sydney bio-hacker has had the chip from his Opal card implanted into his arm, allowing him to tap on and off the city's public transport system with just the wave of his hand.
Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow -- yes, that's his real name -- had the near-field communication (NFC) chip cut down and encased in bio-compatible plastic before having it implanted beneath the skin of his left hand, the ABC reported.
"It gives me an ability that not everyone else has, so if someone stole my wallet I could still get home," Meow-Meow told the ABC.
While Meow-Meow warned others not to follow his lead without being aware of the risks involved, he said that putting "technology into the body is not unusual".
"In addition, changing the physical attributes of the card may impact the reliability of the Opal card," the spokesperson said.
"Customers that are caught tampering with their Opal card may have their card cancelled."
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