Man gets-under-the-skin chip implant live on mobile show

BARCELONA (Reuters) – A man who voluntarily have a chip inserted under his skin live on stage at a trade show in Barcelona on Monday, and another man who have already undergone the procedure showed how he could make a payment with the help of his smartphone.

A member of Huawei staff shows the new Huawei Pairs X, February 23. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Edgar Pons said he decided to radio frequency identification (RFID) chip implanted because it contained references to open the door to his house.

“It’s super, for me, very useful, because I have a automatic house,” he said, adding that he was further motivated by the fact that he can “attract the very easy, just a little cut, and press”.

If Punch was undergoing the procedure, Alex Rodriguez Vitello, a physicist, engineer, curator and explorer at Barcelona-based technology company Alpha, said:

“The chip has the size of a grain of sand or two and it is covered with a material that is biocompatible, so that our body off of the course of time.”

During the presentation at the Mobile World Congress, organized by the Spanish bank Sabadell, a man by the name of Pau, who are already equipped with a chip, in a payment by placing his smartphone through the skin to the chip.

“(What) we are seeing now is what the future of the payments could be,” said Anna Puigoriol, a financial services manager at Sabadell.

Reporting by Miguel Pereira and Luis Felipe,; Writing by Isla Binnie; editing by David Evans

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