Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
A Wisconsin company is implanting microchips in its employees who volunteer to be part of the program, one of the first in the country.
More than 50 Three Square Market employees will have the rice-sized chip implanted into their hand between the thumb and forefinger.
“It’s the next thing that’s inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it,” Todd Westby, chief executive officer at Three Square Market, told KTSP.
Employees will be able to make purchases, in the same way that smartphones can, at kiosk items in the company break room. It will also allow those employees access through the front door and to turn on their computers.
“We’ll hit pay with a credit card, and it’s asking to swipe my proximity payment now,” Westby told KTSP. “I’ll hold my hand up, just like my cellphone, and it’ll pay for my product.”
The $300 chips, which are encrypted, secure and have no GPS tracking, will be implanted started next week.