I’m a big fan of London Transport Oyster cards. They’re convenient, easy to use, save time at the barriers, and on a good day you’ll get free travel. It seems this isn’t enough for some people, as they want their RFID chip implanted in a watch for extra cool. This is a recent craze with City Boys, who think nothing of practising some scientific DIY and installing the chip into the designated device of their choice – Rolex watch anyone?
TFL have previously tried using Mobiles as Oyster cards (but that didn’t work out so well) and have actually started using the Watch idea with their employees. Aside from the fact that you wear your watch on the opposite hand to the check in pad, there’s also the fact that they’ve only made around 500 for staff ONLY.
Yes, if you’re caught using a homemade device not only will you lose an expensive watch, you’ll also face a penalty fare because you’re travelling with a defaced oyster card. Personally I’d have an issue with installing the card badly and losing all my credit, but then I probably wouldn’t own a Rolex either.
If you’re intrigued watch this video and learn how to do it yourself – but don’t say I didn’t warn you…
[via Science Punk]
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