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FILE - In this March 14, 2017, file photo, Jowan Osterlund from Biohax Sweden, holds a small microchip implant, similar to those implanted into workers at the Epicenter digital innovation business center during a party at the co-working space in central Stockholm. Three Square Market in River Falls, Wis., is partnering with Sweden's BioHax International, offering to microchip its employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto their computers and purchase break room snacks with a simple swipe of the hand. More than 50 employees are voluntarily getting implants Aug. 1 at what the company is calling a "chip party" at its River Falls headquarters. (AP Photo/James Brooks, File)

A Wisconsin company began embedding workers with microchips


A company in River Falls, WI on Tuesday began embedding its employees with microchips, according to USA Today.

USA Today reported that Three Square Market is a firm that makes cafeteria kiosks aimed at replacing vending machines.

About 40 of Three Square Market’s workers reportedly had microchips about the size of rice implanted in their hands Tuesday.

Three Square Market officials said the move is meant to boost convenience by letting employees skip using company badges and corporate computer log-ons.

Workers who have the microchip embedded can purportedly have them scanned by a reader, much like how a smartphone is used for buying items.

Some Twitter users on Tuesday voiced concern over the chips, which reportedly lacks GPS or any tracking system.

Other people on the social media platform expressed optimism about the devices, which purportedly came from a company called Biohax Sweden.

USA Today reported that Biohax says about 3,000 people are using its microchip technology in Europe.

Jowan Osterlund, Bioxhax’s founder, reportedly reaches agreements with businesses to have the device implanted in employees or distributed at tech fairs.

Osterlund was purportedly at Tuesday’s ceremony, where he helped cleaned the skin of employees’ hands before injecting the microchip into them with a syringe.
“The pinch hurt more than the injection,” said Patrick McMullan, Three Square Market’s president. “It stung for about an hour and [a] half afterwards, but now it’s getting back to normal.”

“[You should] take your cell phone and throw it away,” he said when asked about his response to people worried about increasing surveillance.

Three Square Market employees told USA Today they hoped the chips would foster community and help advance the underlying technology involved.

The company reportedly hopes payments involving chip users become cashless, much like iPhone users experience with Apple Pay.

Consumers would use their hand instead of smartphone for their purchases, according to USA Today.

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