Source: JoAnn Kohlbrand and Julie Foster, WorldNetDaily
19th August 2000
A working prototype of an implant designed to monitor the physiology
and whereabouts of human wearers, known as Digital Angel[dot accent],
is scheduled to be unveiled in October at an invitation-only event in
New York City -- two months ahead of schedule.
Developed by Applied Digital Solutions, the device is said to be the
first-ever operational combination of bio-sensor technology and Web-enabled
wireless telecommunications linked to global positioning satellite location-tracking
Applied Digital Solutions Chairman Richard Sullivan said the development
of the technology has progressed well ahead of schedule. "We're
extremely heartened by the remarkable progress made by Dr. Peter Zhou
and his entire research team, including professors and their associates
at Princeton University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology,"
"This technology relates directly to the exploding wireless marketplace.
We'll be demonstrating for the first time ever that wireless telecommunications
systems and bio-sensor devices -- capable of measuring and transmitting
critical body function data -- can be successfully linked together with
GPS (global positioning satellite) technology and integrated with the
As previously reported in WorldNetDaily, Digital Angel[dot accent] is
intended to serve a number of functions. In addition to locating missing
persons and monitoring physiological data, the device will be marketed
to the world of e-commerce as a means of verifying online consumer identity.
Similar to microchip technologies currently used as electronic ID tags
for pets, Digital Angel[dot accent] is a dime-sized implant, inserted
just under the skin. When implanted within a human body, the device
is powered electromechanically through the movement of muscles and can
be activated either by the "wearer" or by a monitoring facility.
Applied Digital Solutions is also exploring avenues for utilizing Digital
Angel[dot accent] without implanting it. "We are currently talking
to a watch maker who is interested in placing the device on the back
of their watches," Sullivan told WorldNetDaily. "In addition,
technology is being developed that would allow Digital Angel to function
from the back of a cellular phone, transmitting bio-sensor information
when carried by the user.".
While estimates of Digital Angel's marketplace potential vary, Sullivan
and Applied Digital's partners believe they can enter the implant into
a multi-billion dollar market through various licensing arrangements,
Web-enabled wireless services and data transactions handled by Applied
Digital's Application Service Provider center.
Those attending the event in New York City will see a working, multimedia
demonstration of the implant. A miniature sensor device -- smaller than
a grain of rice and equipped with a tiny antenna -- will capture and
wirelessly transmit a person's vital body-function data, such as body
temperature or pulse, to an Internet-integrated ground station. In addition,
the antenna will also receive information regarding the location of
the individual from the GPS satellite. Both sets of data -- medical
information and location -- will then be wirelessly transmitted to the
ground station and made available on Web-enabled desktop, laptop or
According to Applied Digital, the demonstration will represent the first
time these technologies have been united into one functioning system.
The New York event -- at a time, date and location to be announced later
-- will feature live presentations from top Applied Digital executives,
including Sullivan and Dr. Peter Zhou, president and chief scientist
at DigitalAngel.net, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Applied Digital.
Attendees at the device's unveiling ceremony will include a handpicked
group of potential joint-venture partners, as well as senior-level players
in the e-commerce, wireless and Internet industries, and stock analysts..
Zhou is passionately enthusiastic about the device. "I'm particularly
excited about Digital Angel's ability to save lives by remotely monitoring
the medical conditions of at-risk patients and providing emergency rescue
units with the person's exact location," he said. "I also
see great potential for Digital Angel in the area of 'location-aware'
e-commerce. This is a whole new wireless and Web-enabled frontier in
which a purchaser's actual location is integral to making a successful
sale or providing a valuable, location-critical service.".
In an exclusive interview with WorldNetDaily in March, Zhou expressed
his belief that the implant will be as popular as cell phones and vaccines.
Digital Angel[dot accent], said Zhou, "will be a connection from
yourself to the electronic world. It will be your guardian, protector.
It will bring good things to you.".
He added, "We will be a hybrid of electronic intelligence and our
Applied Digital Solutions first announced it had acquired the patent
rights to a miniature digital transceiver in December 1999. Naming the
device Digital Angel[dot accent], ADS formed DigitalAngel.net, Inc.
to serve as the research and development unit for the device. Since
that time, ADS has actively promoted the implant, pointing to what executives
and scientists say are lifestyle benefits of the chip.
"The first market we hope to tap into is a $10 billion agri-industry,"
said Sullivan. "The FDA is requiring improved tracking methods
for beef and poultry. The Digital Angel[dot accent], with its ability
to monitor body functions, can track quality from the [animal] pens
to the supermarket.".
The next large market ADS hopes to tap into is that of preventive medical
tracking. Through its body function tracking capabilities, the Digital
Angel can monitor such functions as body temperature, heartbeat and
specific needs such as insulin levels. This information can then be
transmitted to a doctor or health-care provider.
"The Digital Angel serves as an advance warning device, which can
help lower the cost of medical care," commented Sullivan..
However, despite the excitement over an early working model of this
new technology, concerns have been raised as to personal privacy. With
the integrated technology, a person's location, health status and other
personal data will be transmitted and available via the Internet.
ADS claims, however, that privacy concerns are misplaced, since the
device can be turned off by the owner. Additional concerns have been
raised by Christians, who contend Digital Angel[dot accent] could be
the fulfillment of a biblical prediction found in the book of Revelation.
Zhou, president of DigitalAngel.net, Inc., disagrees. "I am a Christian,
but I don't think [that argument] makes sense," he told WND in
March. "The purpose of the device is to save your life and improve
the quality of life. There's no connection to the Bible.".
As the technology becomes more commonplace, the debate, as well as sales,
are likely to continue growing..
"We'll soon be ready to move ahead to the production-design phase
of Digital Angel geared to specific marketplace applications,"
Sullivan said. "The key message right now is this: Digital Angel
isn't a blue-sky technology. This is real. Digital Angel breakthrough
technology is here. It's live!"
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