There are Tesla fans, and then there are Tesla fans.
Amie DD, a Texas-based software developer and bio-hacker likely falls into the more enthusiastic of the two categories.
Over the past 11 months, Amie stripped down the valet card to her Tesla Model 3, removed the important bits, fabricated an implant, and successfully become a human embodiment of the key. Now she can unlock the electric car with just a wave.
The key's antenna isn't limited to one small part of the card, like in a credit or debit card. Instead, it uses a small wire around the perimeter of the card. So instead of cutting it out, Amie had to dissolve the card in acetone.
Once it was removed from the card, the antenna was about 40 millimeters by 10 millimeters, or roughly the height of a Lego figure.
With help from a company called Vivokey, which specializes in implantable chips for computer passwords, ID badges and more, Amie had the Tesla antenna encased in polymer so that it could "safely*" be implanted beneath her skin.
From there, Amie enlisted the help of the piercing shop Shaman Modifications to have the device installed.
Eventually, the chip made its way under her skin. We'll leave out the bloody parts, but here's the markup pre-operation.
Amie hasn't posted any footage of the implant actually unlocking her car, but the hardware is very much in her body, according to the YouTube saga thus far.
"It makes me want to do it more," she said of skeptics who were critical of her plan. "Not because I want to defy them, but it makes me question why. Why can't you do it that way and what are the limitations."