A Tesla owner implanted her car's key into her arm so that she can start her Model 3 with her body

A Tesla owner implanted her car's key into her arm so that she can start her Model 3 with her body
Photo: Amie DD Via YouTube

A software engineer from Texas embedded her Tesla valet key in her arm and documented the process online.

Photo: Amie DD Via YouTube

A Tesla owner implanted her car's key into her arm so that she can start her Model 3 with her body (TSLA)

  • A software engineer in Texas spent almost a year working to embed her Tesla valet key in her arm.
  • Amie DD, who documented the saga on her YouTube page and blog, said the project was completed without a hitch.
  • Here's how she did it.
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There are Tesla fans, and then there are Tesla fans.

Amie DD, a software developer and biohacker in Texas, likely falls into the more enthusiastic of the two categories.

Over the past 11 months, Amie stripped down the valet card to her Tesla Model 3, removed the important bits, fabricated an implant, and successfully become a human embodiment of the key. Now she can unlock the electric car with just a wave.

Here's how she did it.

The key's antenna isn't limited to one small part of the card, like in a credit or debit card. Instead, it uses a small wire around the perimeter of the card. So instead of cutting that out, Amie had to dissolve the card in acetone.

A Tesla owner implanted her car's key into her arm so that she can start her Model 3 with her body

Amie DD via YouTube

Removed from the card, the antenna was about 40 millimeters by 10 millimeters, or roughly the height of a Lego figure.

A Tesla owner implanted her car's key into her arm so that she can start her Model 3 with her body

Amie DD via YouTube

With help from a company called VivoKey, which specializes in implantable chips for computer passwords, ID badges, and more, Amie had the Tesla antenna encased in polymer so that it could safely* be implanted beneath her skin.

A Tesla owner implanted her car's key into her arm so that she can start her Model 3 with her body

Amie DD via YouTube

*Please do not try this at home.

"I talked to a few doctors — they were a little wary about doing this, because it's kind of a questionable thing," Amie said in a video.

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