If you are new to the world of implants, it can be quite confusing understanding what implant you need, how to go about implanting it, and how to use it once it's implanted. Cyberise has created some guides to help you. The following guides are currently available:

Finding the right implant

How to safely implant a chip

How to safely implant a magnet

Programming your implant

Finding the right implant

Figuring out exactly which implant meets your needs is important, the last thing you want is to get it implanted only to find out you've got the wrong chip. If you are technically inclined, feel free to read the detailed chip information on each product page to understand the exact functionality of each implant, but if you just want an easy guide, we have created an interactive tool to guide you through the available implants.

How to safely implant a chip

Once you've found the right implant, you need to know how to implant it safely. First, Cyberise wants to point out that self implanting is not recommended. It's much better to have a professional preform the implant procedure. Ideally you should have a doctor or other medical professional do implant procedure, although doctors are often unwilling to help for legal reasons. The most common method is to take your implant to a local tattoo and body piercing studio and have them preform the procedure. Most body piercing artists are willing to do the implant, if you explain what it is, and they have plenty of experience safely preforming simple body modification.

If however you are sure you want to preform the implant yourself, at least try to do it as safely as possible. Cyberise put together the following guide on how to implant a chip. It may be useful if you or a friend plan to do the procedure, or if your body piercer has questions about how to do it. This guide is also available as a pdf download in case you want to print out a hard copy.

implant guide

How to safely implant a magnet

Guide coming soon.

Programming your implant

Once your implant has healed, you will probably want to configure it to suit your needs. If you are already familiar with programming RFID microchips and embedded micro-controllers, you can re-program your implant however you want. However, for most people it can be very complicated to get the implant programmed correctly, and there is even a risk of damaging the implant if it is programmed incorrectly. This guide shows how to easily program your implant for the most common configurations.

There are many different readers you can use to program your implant. Depending on type of implant, you may be able to use your NFC enabled phone and any number of free NFC apps, or a cheap Arduino compatible RFID reader from SparkFun, or if you have one, the all purpose Proxmark3 hacking tool. However, all of those options have limitations. To make things simpler, Cyberise has customized the open source Proxmark Lite RFID/NFC reader and sells it as the MultiClonerV2. This device is cheap, and covers the most common card types. You can use the reader in standalone mode, but it is much simpler to use the Proxcloud web service. This service provides a simple interface and faster card copying, this guide will step though setting up the reader and using it to copy a card. Note that the Proxcloud service is free for most card types, but for some advanced types a fee is charged, Cyberise resells Proxcloud credit to use with the service if you need it.

Copying an access card:

Use this guide to copy an access card you already have for a building, such as an apartment/office key fob or student card

The MultiCloner comes with a USB adapter, simply take it out of the box and plug it into your device, it supports Android as well as PC.

  • picture of unboxing the device

Open the www.proxcloud.eu site, you must use Chrome for it to work, you'll need to create a free account.

Proxcloud account screen

Once you log into your account, click the "connect" button, this will pop up a prompt asking for permission for the site to access the device.

Proxcloud usb select

Hold the card you want to copy to the reader and click the "scan" button, this should find the card information.

Proxcloud scan complete

In the next step scan your implant, the antennas in the MultiCloner is turned to work well with implants, but you need to place the correct antenna near your implant, i.e. High Frequency or Low Frequency Check the product page for you implant to find this information, or simply try each antenna until it detects your implant. Assuming you have the implant for your card type (see the first guide for choosing and implant if you're not sure), the status will tell you it found the a re-writable card and you can move on to the next step.

Proxcloud verify cimplete

You should now click the "read" button. This will read all of the data from your card, tracking the encryption keys if needed. For most card types this is fast, and should only take a few seconds to a minute, but for a couple of less common card types, it can take around half an hour. The screen will show you the key cracking status and estimated time remaining.

Proxcloud key cracking

Once the card data is fully read, you can put the MultiCloner back over your implant and click the "clone" button. Cloning will only take a couple of seconds. If everything succeeded, you have now copied the card to your implant, go try using to open a door or other system the card is normally used for.

Copying complete

Creating a implanted business card/medical records/custom data

For this guide, you will need one of our NFC implants, RFID implants cannot store enough data and work at a different frequency.

There are many different NFC readers you can use with your implant, for this guide we will use an NFC enabled Android phone. There are many apps you can use, for this guide we will use the free "NFC Tools" app. Go to the AndroidPlay store and download it. Once the app is installed, you should see a screen similar the picture below:

nfc tools app

Click on the "WRITE" tab, then click the "Add a record" button. There are a large number of record types you can choose from. Scroll down until you find the "Contact" record, this like a virtual business card. Fill in your details and click "ok". You should see your information displayed similar to the image below:

NFC tools contact info

Click the "Write" button and move the phone near your implant, If it doesn't work the first time, click "write" again and slowly move the phone around on the skin over your implant. The app will show a popup once the data is written to your implant.

Now close the app and scan your phone again, it should popup a notification asking you to add the contact. Your implanted business card is complete, just ask people to scan your hand to add your details.

android add contact popup

Next we will add our medical info. open the app and choose "Emergency" from the list of record types. Fill as many or few of the details as you want, and proceed as before to write the the data to the chip. Now if you are concussions emergency services are able to scan your details.

nfc tools medical details

Finally we will add some custom text. You can use this to store anything you want, a shopping list, your Jason Bourne-esque secret bank account or private pgp key. Personally I store a poem about the meaning of consciousness. This time choose "Text" from the list of records and write whatever you feel like before saving it to your implant. You can also choose any of the other record types to store whatever data you want on your implant.

Unlocking a phone

In order you unlock your phone using an NFC implant, you can follow this guide made by Adafruit.