A body-hacking scientist is preparing to launch legal action against the NSW government after they cancelled an Opal card he had surgically implanted in his hand.
Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow, which is his legal name, cut down the Opal chip, had it encased in biocompatible plastic and then implanted it just under the skin on his left hand by a piercing expert in April 2017.
But Transport for NSW (TfNSW) cancelled the card earlier this week, he said.
TfNSW, in a statement released after Mr Meow-Meow implanted the chip in his arm, said they would cancel cards which were tampered with.
Mr Meow-Meow is expected before a Sydney court on March 16 to contest a $200 fine he received last year for riding the train without a valid ticket.
He has entered a plea of not guilty.
Mr Meow-Meow said he would then launch legal action against TfNSW for breaching their contract and unlawfully cancelling his card.
Mr Meow-Meow said he was willing to spend the ongoing legal fees to help create laws around the emerging technology - but is keen to hear from lawyers interested in the nation's first cyborg rights case pro bono.
© AAP 2018