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Company offers implanted microchips for employees


Move over office access key cards and pesky copy-machine codes, River Falls, Wisconsin-based Three Square Market is offering to implant microchips in employees for the convenience of easier break-room purchases, among other tasks. 

The company that markets snack kiosks and “micro-market” machines released a statement Thursday announcing its new, optional program. The chips employ radio-frequency identification technology using electromagnetic fields to identify electronically stored information. If an employee elects to participate, the chip will be implanted between the thumb and forefinger underneath the skin.

"We foresee the use of (radio-frequency identification) 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 (radio-frequency identification) terminals,” said the company’s chief executive officer, Todd Westby, in a statement.

“Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.,” he said.