A 15 year old boy has inserted himself with tiny microchips in order to be able to operate his mobile phone, it has been reported.

Byron Wake, who describes himself as a technology enthusiast, injected himself with a microchip in a DIY operation in his bedroom while his parents were downstairs.

The chip is the size of a grain of rice and programmed so the boy can unlock his mobile phone, doors and hand out electronic business cards.

The teen ordered the kit from the United States and went ahead with the procedure despite being warned that he should get help from a doctor.

He claimed that his parents took the news ‘better than expected’, his teachers think it is ‘innovative’ and his grandpa, who is a surgeon, was ‘proud’ of him.

The microchip works by using near field communication (NFC) which emits a low power radio-frequency signature that triggers pre-programmed events like unlocking a phone or starting a car.

Byron says he wants to work in IT when he is older. Professor Kevin Warwick, the world’s first ‘cyborg’ and leading expert on cybernetics has supported the teen.

Professor Warwick underwent an operation to surgically implant a silicon transponder chip in his forearm at the Department of Cybernetics at the University of Reading in 1998.

He said: “Quite a few people have them, but he may well be the youngest. There are all sorts of possibilities for it in the future and I think one is a device as an extra piece of information for a passport so that people could be dealt with more quickly. To fly the flag for the UK on this futuristic technology the first trial was in the UK and it is good to see this young man’s interest.”

Earlier this year, we reported that the Swedish company BioNyfiken has developed a microchip and implanted it into its staff members.

The chips allows staff to use the photocopier, open security doors and even pay for their lunch.

So far, the chip is administered on a voluntary basis, although the company plans for all of the 700 employees from the Epicenter block in Stockholm to have the chips implanted into the back of their hands. The chips use radio-frequency identification (RFID) and store personal security information which can be transmitted over short distances to special receivers.

In 2013, phone company Motorola, which is owned by Google, offered customers the option of having a barcode inserted underneath the skin in order to operate their mobile phones.

In addition to the insertion of the barcode beneath the skin, it is in the process of developing a once-daily drug tablet that people can take to access their smartphones without having to type in a password.

The pill, known officially as Proteus Digital Health, transmits signals from your digestive tract to your smartphone for instant access without a password.

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