We have all seen it in one futuristic movie or another, have read of something similar in George Orwell’s 1984, and now, here we are. Unlocking doors by grabbing the handle, aggregating information with a simple handshake, and keeping history all within the palm of our hand.

The designers at New Deal Design are developing a technology called “UnderSkin”, a surgically-implanted device that will be embedded in two areas: one on the outside of the hand, and the other on the palm. Why two areas? The outside of the hand will store general information and capabilities, such as locking and unlocking doors, while the palm of the hand is responsible for providing “a more private interface”.

Allegedly, the “UnderSkin” device can recognize your bond to another person by a simple touch of the hand. Yoo, of New Deal Design explains, “this device could also represent a relationship, so when I hold my wife’s hand, it reflects that I’m connected to her.”

How this device will achieve such feats is quite bewildering to me, though I’m not sure I want to know. Yoo continues, “it becomes something that understands who you are. It becomes kind of a microcosm of you.” On top of that, Yoo mentions that “UnderSkin” acquires and stores your personal history because it is embedded inside you. Basically, it’s like carrying a “paper trail for yourself.”

Say what!? Awesome sci-fi futures aside, couldn’t this be another way of monitoring mankind?

New Deal Design currently faces two major dilemmas: who will implant this thing, and how long will it function? I don’t know about you, but I have more than two dilemmas and plenty of questions before I sign up to put a computer under my skin. We’ll keep an eye (or a hand) out for more details as this story develops. Know more.