In one of the weirdest corporate ceremonies I've ever heard of, a tattoo artist inserted rice-sized microchips into the hands of employees at Three Square Market, a Wisconsin firm that makes cafeteria kiosks to replace vending machines.
What's the point? Convenience. Chipped employees can bypass key fobs and badges and logging on to computers. And the company would like to see payments go cashless.
The pain? "It stung for about an hour and a half," company president Patrick McMullan said. The entire process took about a minute. The tattoo artist cleaned the skin, found a spot in the hand to pinch, inserted a syringe, installed the chip, then covered the spot with a bandage.