Are embedded microchips the future?

More than 50 workers at U.S. vending machine company try out devices
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/15/2017
Microchips
The microchips implanted into 32M employees’ hands were similar in size to a grain of rice. Credit: Chip East (Reuters File Photo)

In August, a River Falls, Wis.-based vending machine company Three Square Market held a “chip party” that saw more than 50 workers voluntarily have microchips implanted in their hands.

The rice-sized chips were inserted between each individual’s thumb and forefinger — enabling staffers to open doors, log onto computers, run a photocopier, and purchase company snacks with a swipe of their hand.

Also known as 32M, Three Square Market has 85 workers and may be the first in North America to offer the technology already being used in Europe.