This Tech Company Plans to Microchip Its Workers

A tech company in Wisconsin is adapting to be the first in the U.S. to offer microchip to representatives — and more than 50 specialists have effectively joined so they can make in-house buys, open entryways and open office hardware.

Workers at Three Square Market in River Falls, which gives self-service booths to break rooms or small scale markets, are set to get embedded with a minor chip that uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) to enable them to do a wide assortment of undertakings quickly.

“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,” according to a statement by the company’s CEO, Todd Westby.

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

The chip — about the size of a solitary grain of rice — can be embedded “within seconds” between the user’s thumb and pointer. The program is discretionary for all workers, but the company said it expects more than 50 staff members to partake in the company’s inaugural “chip party” at its central command on Aug. 1.

Westby disclosed to KSTP he imagines people utilizing the embedded microchip like how they use their phones to purchase things.

“We’ll come up, scan the item,” Westby explained in front of a self-service kiosk in an office break room. “We’ll hit pay with a credit card, and it’s asking to swipe my proximity payment now. I’ll hold my hand up, just like the cellphone, and it will pay for my product.”

The microchip inside a user’s hand would work as his or her Mastercard. Each chip costs $300 and is being provided by the company. The information put away on the chip is both encoded and secure, said Westby, who said protection concerns won’t be an issue.

“There’s no GPS tracking at all,” he told the station.

The company is collaborating with Sweden-based BioHax International and its CEO, Jowan Osterland, a self-proclaimed “body hacker” who told the Associated Press in April that the procedure just keeps going a couple of moments and is generally effortless.

“The next step for electronics is to move into the body,” Osterland said.

A Swedish startup center called Epicenter, home to more than 100 firms and 2,000 representatives, began embedding specialists in January 2015. Around 150 workers had them as of April, News.com.au reports.


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