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Fla. company 1st to market ID microchips for human
    #504452 - 12/29/01 11:18 PM (21 years, 8 months ago)


A Chip ID That's Only Skin-Deep

Biotech: Firm plans to sell implantable devices that can store a variety of data about you.

Times Staff Writer

December 19 2001

By DAVID STREITFELD -- A Florida company is poised to become the first to sell microchips designed to be implanted into human beings, an achievement that opens the door to new systems of medical monitoring and ID screening.

Implantable chips have long been discussed by technologists and denounced by those who object on religious grounds or fear their use by a totalitarian state. But the company that did the test, Applied Digital Solutions of Palm Beach, said the specter of terrorism is shifting attitudes. The direct union of man and computer is no longer dismissed out of hand.

"The bottom line is, when people are trying to regain their peace of mind, they're more open to new approaches," said Keith Bolton, Applied Digital's chief technology officer.

Applied Digital, which had revenue of $165 million last year, has made its mark by selling electronic chips that help farmers keep tabs on the health and safety of their cows and other livestock. The company also makes a monitoring bracelet for Alzheimer patients, so that families can use global positioning satellite systems to help find loved ones who might have wandered off.

Now the company sees a market among those who have artificial organs and limbs. These folks will have up to 60 words of relevant medical information implanted on chips. If the patients are brought unconscious into an emergency room, technicians equipped with special scanners will easily decipher the body's internal topography.

The chips would need approval from the Food and Drug Administration, which Applied Digital said it expects to receive by midyear. The company said it already has secured permission from the Federal Communications Commission--necessary because the chips use radio frequencies.

Regulatory approval is not necessary overseas, however. Applied Digital expects to be selling chips in South America in about 90 days. One potential market is kidnap targets, who could use these chips in combination with global positioning devices.

Other potential applications would put the chips in the role of an ultimate ID, capable of performing many of the roles that are performed by keys and ATM cards.

"I'd be shocked if within 10 years you couldn't get a chip implanted that would unlock your house, start your car and give you money," said Chris Hables Gray, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Great Falls in Montana and author of "The Cyborg Citizen."

English cyberneticist Kevin Warwick won considerable notoriety three years ago by implanting an electronic transmitter above his left elbow. The implant opened doors and switched on lights at his British University of Reading offices. He now is working on experiments in which his nervous system is linked with a computer.

If Warwick is the equivalent of the mad genius who injects himself with a new vaccine to see whether it works, the Applied Digital volunteer, 55-year-old New Jersey surgeon Richard Seelig, sees himself as simply a consultant thrust by events into an unexpected role.

Seelig had been working with Applied Digital since early this year. He expected to do a traditional scientific study, calling for volunteers who wanted to test out the role of chip implants. Then came the terrorist attacks Sept. 11. Five days later, Seelig injected himself with the chips.

"I was so compelled by what had happened," he said in a phone interview. "One of the potential applications suddenly jumped out--the ability to have a secure form of identification--and I felt I had to take the next step."

So he injected one chip into his left forearm; the other went in his right leg, next to his artificial hip. Each could hold several sentences of information, although at the moment they just contain serial numbers.

"There's no deformity of the skin," Seelig said. "I feel just the same as I did before."

The chips that will be marketed next year are not true tracking devices. For one thing, they have no internal power source. Their data can't be read without a scanner.

The next generation of body chips, which transmits signals from a distance, is still several years away. At the moment, this kind of tracking device would have to be about 1 inch by 1 inch, raising the likelihood of a rather unsightly bulge.

Applied Digital has a market value of 95 million. Its shares closed unchanged Tuesday at 38 cents on Nasdaq.

No one interviewed Tuesday questioned that Applied Digital had done what it said it did, but not everyone thought there would be a huge market.

"It's a glorified bar code, and there are not a lot of people who are going to want it," said Michael Nova, the founder of Graviton, a La Jolla company developing wireless machine-to-machine communication systems. Using such a chip as a built-in credit card, Nova said, would require a great deal of work.

"Stores would have to get the right software; credit card companies would have to want to do it," Nova said. "At the moment, this is an intriguing idea that doesn't have a market."

Which isn't necessarily going to keep it from being popular, said futurist Paul Saffo.

"As some people wring their hands about the invasion of privacy and civil liberty, a whole other generation is going to go, 'Cool! I've always wanted to embed technology in my body.' It's going to be fashion," Saffo said. "One sure sign that teenagers will love it is if it terrifies their parents."

"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do."-King Solomon

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

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Re: Fla. company 1st to market ID microchips for human [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #504763 - 12/30/01 11:50 AM (21 years, 8 months ago)

Hahaha.... yeah I guess it was a matter of time wasn't it?

I remember years back, a friend of mine got chips implanted into his show qualtiy dogs. I told him that someday they'll be doing that to his new born child...he laughed, I smirked:)

Its bad enough that the gov't tries to tell you what you can and can't put into your body, now some company WANTS to put chips into humans, very odd.

Thanks for the link Rail_Gun


Oh...here's the link from above - http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-121901chips.story

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Re: Fla. company 1st to market ID microchips for human [Re: Lana]
    #504770 - 12/30/01 12:04 PM (21 years, 8 months ago)

hmm... I saw this one comin... if anyone has ever read the book of Revelation in the Bible there are some interesting correlations ... I for one am not putting one of those fucker in my arm :-)

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Re: Fla. company 1st to market ID microchips for human [Re: Lana]
    #519865 - 01/13/02 09:27 PM (21 years, 8 months ago)

My cat had oen of those things in the back of his neck. It had my name and address, in case he got lost and lost his collar.

If people want to use one of these as a backup for their medical-alert bracelet, good for them.

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Re: Fla. company 1st to market ID microchips for human [Re: wingnutx]
    #525093 - 01/18/02 10:19 PM (21 years, 8 months ago)

Press Release
SOURCE: Applied Digital Solutions

Applied Digital Solutions Introduces Verichip, a Miniaturized, Implantable
Identification Device With a Variety of Medical, Security and Emergency

PALM BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 19, 2001--Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSX - news), an advanced
digital technology development company, announced today that it has developed a miniaturized, implantable identification chip -- called
VeriChip(TM) -- that can be used in a variety of medical, security and emergency applications.

How VeriChip Works

VeriChip is an implantable, 12mm by 2.1mm radio frequency device about the size of the point of a typical ballpoint pen. Each
VeriChip will contain a unique identification number and other critical data. Utilizing an external scanner, radio frequency energy
passes through the skin energizing the dormant VeriChip, which then emits a radio frequency signal transmitting the identification
number and other data contained in the VeriChip. The scanner will display the identification number, but the VeriChip data can also
be transmitted, via telephone or the Internet, to an FDA compliant, secure data-storage site. It will then be accessible by authorized
personnel. Inserting the VeriChip device is a simple procedure performed in an outpatient, office setting. It requires only local
anesthesia, a tiny incision and perhaps a small adhesive bandage. Sutures are not necessary.

Medical Device Identification

Hundreds of thousands of medical devices are surgically implanted into patients every year. Examples of these life-saving and
life-enhancing devices include pacemakers, artificial joints, orthopedic hardware, heart valves, and medication pumps. After insertion,
these devices often require adjustment, repair, replacement, or even recall. VeriChip, inserted subdermally just above the implanted
medical device, provides patients, medical providers, and manufacturers with a rapid, secure and non-invasive method for obtaining
medically critical information about the device. VeriChip is a ready source of data about the patient's name and condition as well as
the medical device's original components, required settings and other essential parameters. Future applications may include full
medical record archival/retrieval for emergency medical care.

Emergency or Security-related Identification

Personal identity verification technology has gained considerable interest recently. A great deal of focus has been trained on so-called
``biometric'' technologies - which identify individuals by their unique biological or physical characteristics, such as fingerprints,
voiceprints, retina characteristics, and face recognition points. VeriChip, by contrast, relies on imbedded, tamper-proof, microchip
technology, which allows for non-invasive access to identification, medical and other critical data. Use of advanced VeriChip
technology means that the threat of theft, loss, duplication or counterfeiting of data is substantially diminished or eliminated. Specific
application areas include: enhancement of present forms of identification, search and rescue, and various law enforcement and
defense uses.

Commenting on the announcement, Richard J. Sullivan, Chairman and CEO of Applied Digital Solutions stated: ``With VeriChip, Applied Digital has taken another
significant step in developing leading-edge personal security technologies for a rapidly evolving marketplace. VeriChip joins Digital Angel(TM) and Thermo Life(TM) in
our repertoire of breakthrough technologies. All of these are designed specifically to save lives, enhance personal security and improve quality of life. We're looking
forward to working with the medical community and other potential partners to bring VeriChip to market as quickly as possible.''

About Digital Angel(TM)

Digital Angel represents the first-ever combination of advanced biosensor technology and Web-enabled wireless telecommunications linked to Global Positioning
Systems (GPS). By utilizing advanced biosensor capabilities, Digital Angel will be able to monitor key body functions - such as temperature and pulse - and transmit that
data, along with accurate location information, to a ground station or monitoring facility. Digital Angel Corporation has announced a proposed merger with Medical
Advisory Systems. For more information on Digital Angel, visit www.digitalangel.net.

About Thermo Life(TM)

In November of 2001, Applied Digital Solutions created a wholly owned subsidiary called Advanced Power Solutions, Inc. (APSI). This new unit will further develop,
market and license Thermo Life(TM), a proprietary, thermoelectric generator powered by body heat. Thermo Life is intended to provide a miniaturized power source for
a wide range of consumer electronic devices, including attachable or implantable medical devices, wristwatches and other consumer devices. The Company estimates
that the potential marketplace for Thermo Life exceeds $30 billion.

About Applied Digital Solutions, Inc.

Applied Digital Solutions is an advanced digital technology development company that focuses on a range of early warning alert, miniaturized power sources and security
monitoring systems combined with the comprehensive data management services required to support them. Through its Advanced Wireless unit, the Company
specializes in security-related data collection, value-added data intelligence and complex data delivery systems for a wide variety of end users including commercial
operations, government agencies and consumers. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.adsx.com.

Statements about the Company's future expectations, including future revenues and earnings, and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts, are
`forward-looking statements' within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and as that term is
defined in the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company intends that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to
change at any time, and the Company's actual results could differ materially from expected results. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking
statements to reflect subsequently occurring events or circumstances.

"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do."-King Solomon

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

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Re: Fla. company 1st to market ID microchips for human [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #569606 - 03/04/02 12:43 PM (21 years, 6 months ago)

That's fuck all....check this out:

"He who has wisdom, shall calculate the number of the beast."

A=6 B=12 C=18 D=24 E=30 F=36 G=42 H=48 I=54 J=60 K=66 L=72 M=78

N=84 O=90 P=96 Q=102 R=108 S=114 T=120 U=126 V=132 W=138 X=144 Y=150 Z=156



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Re: Fla. company 1st to market ID microchips for human [Re: Nighted]
    #573428 - 03/06/02 09:23 PM (21 years, 6 months ago)


Free thinkers are dangerous.

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