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GRAPHIC: Man implants an 'Oyster card' in his hand so he'll never lose his ticket again
WHO said contactless payment has to be painless?

PUBLISHED: 12:25, Thu, Jun 18, 2015 | UPDATED: 12:26, Thu, Jun 18, 2015


The DIY operation means Vlad Zaitsev no longer has to fret about forgetting his card on the busMeet the Human Oyster card.

A Russian engineer has sliced open his hand and slipped an NFC chip under his flesh to avoid the pain of forgetting his wallet.

I can't imagine anybody stealing my credit card if I have implanted under the skin of my hand
Vlad Zaitsev

The DIY operation means every time Vlad Zaitsev uses the underground public transport system, he only has to press his hand on the scanner to pass through the barriers.

Video footage showing Mr Zaitsev demoing his new NFC-compatible hand has appeared online.
The clip also features photographs from the initial operation and shows a pair of hands insert the chip taken from the Troika public transport card.

The Russian equivalent of the Oyster was encased in silicon and slipped into his palm

The small incision was sown together using plastic thread, as shown in the videoKitchen roll is used to soak up the blood around the wound before the cut is sewn together with plastic thread.

Despite the gruesome sight of the scar, the young inventor insists the operation was painless and there have not been any complications from the procedure.

He said: "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."

Mr Zaitsev said he put the transport card chip in a small disc of silicon before implanting it inside of him.
This should stop the chip becoming infected or reacting negatively inside his body.
However – the Russian engineers has admitted that his futuristic plan has not been as successful as he had initially hoped.

Mr Zaitsev said: "Not all of the scanners seem to have a very strong signal to read the Troika card, and they don't always manage to read the chip."

But he said he has no regrets about the operation – and added: "The main thing was that I wanted to know what it felt like to have a chip under the skin, it actually opens up a whole range of possibilities and I think anybody else that tries it will quickly see what I mean."

The Troika card chip embedded within his palm can be used to pay for commuter trains and bikes throughout the Russian capital – similar to the Oyster card system used throughout London.
The contactless chip can be recharged in local shops.