When the average customer is required to conduct a transaction, a note, credit card or even phone are usually the preferred method of making a payment. An implant, accessible in Lublin, in the east of Poland, is increasing in popularity and notoriety. Such a revolutionary operation is seemingly simple and safe.
The implant that allows you to buy things using your own hand (yes you read that correctly) was created by Wojciech Paprota, a graduate of the Imperial College Business in London. He admits that week by week, he is seeing greater interest in his handy invention.
As people read more and carry out their own research into this development, many are finding satisfaction in how safe both the initial procedure and the lasting impacts are. Customers who have already received the implant boast they always have their wallet “close at hand”, says Wojciech Paprota, founder of Walletmor, a Polish-British company offering the first globally acceptable payment implant.
Contrary to some conspiracy theories, an implant cannot be inserted with a needle during a vaccination. The shape of the device created by Paprota resembles a small safety pin with dimensions: 0.5 mm x 7 mm x 28 mm. It is covered with a biopolymer that is completely safe for humans and does not affect the daily functioning of a human being. Most importantly, users will be able to pay using this method almost all over the world because Walletmor cooperates with iCard, which has an electronic money license.
The implant uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which is also used in contactless payment cards. The implant does not contain Global Positioning System (GPS) technology or any other similar technology that would enable the transmission of data or location over longer distances.
Contemporary medicine uses comparable implants to save human life and improve health. Familiar examples include pacemakers, subcutaneous hearing aids, contraceptive implants and valves. Safe implantation is possible at the Sanitas Medical Centre in Lublin.
“We make a small incision of about 10 mm and then create a pocket in which we place the implant and sew it together. The procedure itself takes a few minutes, but we must add the time of anaesthesia and the adrenaline. After about 20 minutes, the patient goes home with recommendations regarding the care of the wound”, explains Cezary Sawulski, MD, surgeon and medical director of the Sanitas Medical Center.
Doctors acknowledge that a feature of the invention is high tolerance and no adverse reactions. However, in the event of long-term discomfort or an allergic reaction, it can be easily removed.
It surely will not be long then, until such a method of payment is at the fingertips of customers all around the world.