Wisconsin company offers to implant employees with microchips
It sounds like the plot of a dystopian science fiction story, but it's very real. A Wisconsin company has offered its employees a chance to be implanted with microchips.
Three Square Market, based in River Falls, says employees will be implanted with RFID chips "allowing them to make purchases in their break room micro market, open doors, login to computers, use the copy machine, etc."
The microchip is optional. The company says it is the first in the United States to offer the technology to employees.
The chip is implanted between the thumb and forefinger of the skin.
It uses "near-field communication", which is similar to Apple Pay and Google Wallet on smartphones.
"We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals. Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc." said 32M CEO, Todd Westby.
The company is hosting a "chip party" on Aug. 1.
Third Square Market says it is a leader in "micro market technology."