The members of the Jacobs family don't consider themselves unusual. In fact, up until earlier this year, they considered themselves average, as did their neighbors in Florida. That changed last May when, at the urging of their 14-year-old son Derek, they became the first family to all have the grain-size VeriChip implanted in their right arm. Derek's idea was that the VeriChip, which was developed by Palm Beach, Fla.-based Applied Digital Solutions and keeps track of a user's important personal information, might someday save the life of his father, Jeffrey, who survived cancer, a car crash and spinal injuries. Jeffrey's chip tracks his medical history, just in case something else happens; Derek and his mother, Leslie, chipped themselves simply because they wanted to.
Stories by Julie Hanson
Look out Web services, you're about to be out-buzzed by a small fry called nanotechnology. Perhaps the Next Big Thing on the horizon, nanotechnology is the science of manipulating materials on an atomic or molecular scale. Though it's still early, engineers at some of America's major computer companies are making headway with nanotechnology, announcing breakthroughs in research and potential new products.