Swedish company showcases microchip that can download COVID-19 passport status

A microchip technology introduced in recent years by Stockholm-based startup Epicenter is billed as a means of storing the COVID-19 vaccine passport under the skin, according to a video from the South China Post which went viral on Friday.

The firm has presented an implant capable of save a COVID passport which can then be read by any device that uses the Near Field Communication Protocol (NFC), according to the video.


The video presented Hannes Sjöblad, founder of the Swedish Association of Biohackers, advisor and speaker on Human Augmentation, and Swedish Ambassador to the Singularity Universe.

Sea leaves demonstrated how Epicenter’s rice-sized microchip has been adapted like a COVID-19 passport, implanted under the skin, either in the arm or between the thumb and forefinger.

Three Square Market, a Wisconsin-based technology company, became the first US company. offer your employees similar free microchip implants in August 2017. The chip gives employees access to locked rooms and the ability to pay for food and beverages in the break room.

The microchips were delivered to Three Square Market (32M) at the time by Biohax, which was run by Jowan Österlund, a Swedish tattoo artist and body piercing specialist, according to The Guardian.

“Over time, this technology will standardize, allowing you to use it as a passport, public transportation, all shopping opportunities, etc.,” said Todd Westby, CEO of 32M at the time.

The technology the company uses is called RFID or (Radio Frequency Identification), which uses electromagnetic fields to identify electronically stored information. The chips also use Near Field Communications (NFC), the same type of technology used in most contactless credit cards and mobile payments.

Westby said at the time that these microchips have already become very popular in many European countries and that companies intended to be at the forefront by bringing them to the United States. Now they could become COVID passports.



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