On May 10, the Jacobs family of Boca Raton, Florida, became America's first digital guinea pigs: Each got a rice-size ID called a VeriChip implanted in their arm. Why? We recently caught up with the family to find out.
Popular Science How'd you become interested in the VeriChip?
Derek Jacobs I've been in the emergency room with my dad when he's in too much pain to answer questions. The chip stores his entire medical history.
PS What was the procedure like?
Leslie Jacobs It's just like getting a shot. It takes seconds.
Exotic medical scanning technology is now available off the shelf. Is that healthy, or wise?
By Chris O'Malley
Posted 02.11.2002 at 1:53 pm 0 Comments
Inevitably, medicine in America has come to this: newspaper ads offering discounted body scans. Clip the coupon and bring it on down, for a digital gaze at your own guts. Act now for early detection of cancer, heart disease, tumors, and other time bombs.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.