The company hope the chips can eventually be used on everything from air travel to public transit and storing medical information.
Staff at a technology company have agreed to be microchipped.
Almost half of workers at Three Square Market – also known as 32M – volunteered to have the implant at a “chip party”.
It will allow them to open doors, log on to computers or buy snacks in the break room at the Wisconsin
firm’s headquarters by simply waving their hand.
The company, based in River Falls, revealed 41 of their 85 employees had agreed to been microchipped.
They felt a brief sting when the implant was put into their hands.
Melissa Timmins, vice president of sales, added: “I planned for the worst and it wasn’t bad at all. Just a little prick.”
Bosses believe this is the first US appearance of technology already available in Europe.
The data in the £226 microchip is encrypted and does not use GPS, so it cannot be used to track employees or obtain
Three Square Market hope the chips can eventually be used on everything from air travel to public transit and storing medical information.
Professor Jeremy Hajek, of the Illinois Institute of Technology, said microchipping started years ago with vets implanting the devices in dogs and cats that might get lost.