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[GUIDE] NFC Implants, Mifare & Android

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By MathewBrack, Senior Member - Social Media Manager - News Writer on 26th November 2014, 12:56 PM
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Introduction
So a few months ago I got my first NFC implant in my left hand, I haven't been able to find a thread for those of us who have them or much information on them apart from the basics.
So here it is.

*UPDATE*
Did you know I gave a talk on NFC implants at The March Of The Droids Conference?
You do now, so here's the video




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What You Should Know
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  • It's virtually painless to have them implanted
  • They should last a life time
  • The implant itself is about the size of a grain of rice
  • They can be removed easily if needed
  • They are smaller than standard NFC tags and therefore have a smaller range, on my note 2 it took me a while to find the spot I had to place my phone (the center of "SAMSUNG" on the back), however a week later I was able to get it straight away
  • They only have a small amount of storage, if you want to use it for longer or multiple links etc a url shortener is probably your best bet, however it can handle " my name, phone number, email address and facebook page"
  • You can feel it under the skin, but cant see any lump etc
  • Work or UNI cards can't be copied over to it however as the implant is Miifare compatible, my IT department at uni were more than happy to scan my hand and add it to the system


General Uses
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  • Unlocking phones
  • Miifare authentication
  • Logging in to Windows
  • Passing information such as URLs and contact details without the need for social media or email etc
  • Launching Tasker profiles
  • Opening Apps
  • Unlocking Samsung EZON digital locks
  • Activating Cyanogen Profiles
  • Anything you can use a NFC tag, RFID tag or Miifare card for!

In Android

Unlocking your device

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Prior to Android 5.0.0
By default in android, NFC is turned off when your screen is off or the device is locked, to enable a NFC implant to unlock a stock lock screen their is a Xposed Module called "NFC LockScreenOffEnabler" which allows NFC polling without your device being unlocked or if you so desire your screen being on as well. This module also includes the ability to select tags that can unlock your device.

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5.0.0 +
With Androids new smart unlock you can set your device to unlock with nfc without the need for root and Xposed, to set this up all you need to do is navigate to:
Settings > Security > Smart Lock > Trusted Devices
Then simply tap the + icon, select NFC and scan your implant.

with either method once you have done this all you need to do is to do is to scan your tag whenever you are at your lockscreen and your device should unlock for you


Sharing links and contact details

This is possibly the most simple use for an NFC tag and can be achieved through most nfc apps, I favour PLAY STORE: NFC Tools.
once the app has been installed, open it and select the "write" tab, select "add record" and then either URL or contact depending on your needs.

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after selecting URL from the add record screen all you need to do is to select your URL scheme from the drop down menu the will usually be either HTTP:// or HTTPS:// and then enter the remainder of the url in the text box to its right.
I usually use a URL shortener such as goo.gl as the implants have limited storage capacity.
Select ok and the on the following screen select "write" and scan your implant. Done!

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Contact details:
after selecting contact from the add record screen you will see a simple self explanatory form including: name, company, phone number, email and website. after entering all or some of this information, select ok and the on the following screen select "write" and scan your implant. Done!

Once these have written, scanning your implant with any nfc enabled phone should either open the URL or add the contact details to the devices contacts


Sharing Social Media App Links

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You want someone to be able to scan your implant and their Twitter or Facebook app open to your profile? If you were to set it up so that upon scanning the app was opened straight away this could cause issues if they did not have said app, they would be instead directed to the play store and the link would be lost unless they installed and re-scanned your implant. However Android allows an excellent way around this.

  • Start by navigating to the "Write" tab in NFC Tools as above in the "Sharing Links" section
  • Select "Add Record" followed by "Social Networks"
  • Select the network of your choice and in the next screen enter the username associated with the profile you wish to open
  • Hit "write" and and scan your tag

Now when some one scans your tag instead of opening the link in either the app or their browser it should instead give them the choice to open it with any applicable applications

Give them the option, they may not have the app required




Opening mifare card controlled doors at work and uni etc

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simply put the only way to do this is to speak to your IT department, if they are ok with it they will scan your tag with a reader and add you to the system. mine were more than happy to accommodate and the entire process took less than 2 minutes. not including the time it took to answer all the usual questions "why, how and what?". you should immediately be able to start using it.
PSA: It is highly advised that you check with your IT department first as to the type of Mifare they use, NFC implants use Mifare Ultralight which may not be compatible with your system. Also any other method of using your implant to open doors etc may violate your companies security policy, please be smart and only do this through your IT department.



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The two apps I use for day to day use of my tag are: PLAY STORE: NFC Tools and PLAY STORE: Dangerous NFC
NFC Tools comes with loads of features, not just useful for implants but for all NFC tags making it simple to read and write to your tag a wide variety of records, simply select the type of record you would like e.g. URL and it brings you up a wizard to complete your record.

NFC Tools


Dangerous NFC however ensures your implant cannot be locked permanently and allows you to set a 32 bit password to stop others unlocking your tag

Dangerous NFC

Where can I get one?

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The implant I have is a NTAG216 from Dangerous things and can be bought here and will set you back £60 GBP, $100 USD or 80 Euros. These come in a sterile injector assembly and also come with a bottle of chloraprep skin prep, sterile surgical gloves, bandages a gauze pads. Most piercing studios however should already have these things.

Getting it implanted
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Dangerous Things offer a map of piercers that are competent in the implantation which can be found here and also offer training manuals and videos on the implantation procedure for piercers who have not done it before. as well as a guide for approaching a piercer new to implants, the following is an excerpt from that guide

  • Print out, in color if possible, the two pro guides from http://dangerousthings.com/pro-guide, specifically the Introduction to Implantable Transponders for Professionals, and the Professional Guide to 2x12mm Transponder Installation documents.
  • Call local piercers in your area to schedule an appointment to simply come in and talk about a specific piercing you want. Do not talk about the implant or go into detail on the phone, just say you’d like to talk to them before you decide to get a piercing. They should be happy to have you come in and chat.
  • Go to the shop with the printed documents. Bring the product with you, but do not expect to get it implanted that day. The best you can expect would be to hand over the documents for the piercer to review at a later time, and have a short discussion about what it is you want implanted and why. If you’re lucky, the piercer will be ok with it and you’ll get an implant done that day.
  • Plan to visit multiple shops until you find one willing to perform the procedure.
  • If we can help in any way, let the piercer know we’re available for free phone consulting and advanced Q&A, just contact us via the website and we’ll call them.
  • When you get a piercer to perform the install, please let us know who by sending us an email, submit our contact form, or ping us on Facebook. We’d love to get their information so we can upgrade them to a full partner and list them on our partner map!

I can't fault this advice in the slightest however I would add that a piercer who is familiar with micro-dermals as implantation
The procedure itself doesn't take more than a minute and simply involves injecting the implant under the skin

For now that's all, if there is anything you think I should add or have any questions feel free to ask
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*UPDATE*
See the video in the first post to hear my full implant story


I'll lead by example and share my story first, after seeing an article on Biohacking about a year ago I took an interest and started looking for ways to add tech to myself in a more sterile/surgical way than I had seen many people do.

I found a company who sold NFC NTAG216 tags encased in bioglass about the size of grains of rice and preloaded into a syringe like injector assembly, so after months of pondering I contacted my local piercing shop (very good/clean) and proposed the idea to one of the guys, he loved the idea and agreed to do the implantation after reading the training manuals etc.

a week later my parcel arrived from across the pond, all very sterile and included loads of extras like gauze, plasters and Chloraprep.

heading back down to the piercing studio, he took a look at the injector and we spoke about it for about 45 min whilst he marked up placement in my left hand and then he did it, I was expecting a massive amount of pain but it actually only hurt about as much as an injection and a minute later it was done leaving only a red dot behind to show something has ever actually broken the skin.

I now use mine to unlock my Note 2 after installing an Xposed module that allows you to detect nfc whilst locked another great use is to send people links without having to involve email or social media etc, just copy it to my hand and pick up their phone and it opens
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Where could I get one done at, and what kind of things do I need to know before I get one?
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Where could I get one done at, and what kind of things do I need to know before I get one?

I have now changed the first post to a guide, I hope it is helpful if you have any questions feel free to ask
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Hi, does anyone know whether the NFC LockScreenOffEnabler affects NFC payments in some way? I have Note II with Android 4.4.2, if it can help.
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Hi, does anyone know whether the NFC LockScreenOffEnabler affects NFC payments in some way? I have Note II with Android 4.4.2, if it can help.

No it does not affect payments in any way
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Today is one week since I got mine put in. It's going fine, I didn't lift weights this week or even play much guitar (killing me).

However, mine migrated a bit. I rewatched the video after the piercer put it in, and realized he inserted the needle a little far back to begin with. Shame on me for not rewatching it right before I went in to get it done. He watched the video, read the manuals (according to him) but he also kinda had an "all-knowing, I know what's best, I've been doing piercings for 20 years" personality.

So mine has migrated towards the back. One end is kinda close to that trapezoid bone and near my thumb bone. It's still within the fleshy part and I haven't had any pain. I'm thinking it will be fine, because even if it was close it's still sitting ABOVE the bones and shouldn't interfere with anything, right?

I guess it could always be removed if it ever caused issues. Trying not to be a hypochondriac, you know? I think it's fine. How was placement on yours?

I'm trying to figure out a door lock right now. I can't replace anything at my apartment complex, so the Samsung Ezons are out of the question. I don't like them anyways, aesthetically. I want the outside of my door to look stock. The options that mount onto existing deadbolts from the inside are all BLE and WiFi. I wish there was a Z-Wave (if you know what that is) NFC/RFID reader. With that set up you could read the tag and send a command to a lock that's Z-Wave compatible as well which would unlock the door.

What're you doing with yours? Since I installed this I'm committed to the technology now lol.
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I'm trying to figure out a door lock right now. I can't replace anything at my apartment complex, so the Samsung Ezons are out of the question. I don't like them anyways, aesthetically. I want the outside of my door to look stock. The options that mount onto existing deadbolts from the inside are all BLE and WiFi. I wish there was a Z-Wave (if you know what that is) NFC/RFID reader. With that set up you could read the tag and send a command to a lock that's Z-Wave compatible as well which would unlock the door.

What're you doing with yours? Since I installed this I'm committed to the technology now lol.

I just got the xNT implanted two weeks ago, awesome little piece of future. Talked a med student buddy of mine into doing it.
Tried to embed my video here, but I can't since this is my first post.

I've decided to ditch the Samsung and go with an Arduino DIY lock using the RC522 as the actual reader. So far I only have a "electric door strike" type of lock, but I think I'm gonna find some kind of electric deadbolt on ebay.

If anyone has an alternative to the RC522 reader that is more compatible with the cylindrical form factor of the tag, please let me know
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I just got the xNT implanted two weeks ago, awesome little piece of future. Talked a med student buddy of mine into doing it.
Tried to embed my video here, but I can't since this is my first post.

I've decided to ditch the Samsung and go with an Arduino DIY lock using the RC522 as the actual reader. So far I only have a "electric door strike" type of lock, but I think I'm gonna find some kind of electric deadbolt on ebay.

If anyone has an alternative to the RC522 reader that is more compatible with the cylindrical form factor of the tag, please let me know

How has yours healed? Any migration? Mine moved a bit and is further back than I'd like, but it's still within the webbing and don't think it'll cause any issues.

That little arduino reader looks sweet. I've never got into coding anything like that. I know I could figure it out but would honestly prefer to just buy something. Either way, could you keep me updated?

You running NFC LocksreenOffEnabler? It works sweet with my N5. Paired with the Knock Code module with lines and taps hidden, the lock screen is completely blank. Pretty nifty, anyone who would pick this up would have absolutely no clue how to unlock it.
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How has yours healed? Any migration? Mine moved a bit and is further back than I'd like, but it's still within the webbing and don't think it'll cause any issues.

That little arduino reader looks sweet. I've never got into coding anything like that. I know I could figure it out but would honestly prefer to just buy something. Either way, could you keep me updated?

You running NFC LocksreenOffEnabler? It works sweet with my N5. Paired with the Knock Code module with lines and taps hidden, the lock screen is completely blank. Pretty nifty, anyone who would pick this up would have absolutely no clue how to unlock it.

Yes, more or less completely healed after 13 days. Mine has. not. moved. at. all. I'm a bit surprised actually. The guy who did it, did a good job pushing the needle past the final resting place, then pulling back a bit before injecting. This made a nice pocket for the tag to rest in.

Arduino is pretty easy, I had no prior coding experience. You can get finished or almost finished scripts for all kinds of ****. I'll post when its done

Not using my tag with my N5 (yet). I have a ballistic case, which is pretty thick. I can still read it quite consistently but it's not ideal imo. Damn son, blank lockscreen is frisky
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How has yours healed? Any migration? Mine moved a bit and is further back than I'd like, but it's still within the webbing and don't think it'll cause any issues.
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Here is a real basic diagram of where mine sits after several months if it's of any help. Black=bone, red = implant
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