Eight people will step forward in the US today to be implanted with chips that could save their lives, according to the manufacturer.
Florida-based Applied Digital Solutions will insert the chips, about the size of a grain of rice, into the eight volunteers to provide "access to potentially life-saving health information", the company said.
The processors will contain contact details of the patients, which can be read by an Applied Digital proprietary scanner and provide access to a database of health information.
Among the first recipients will be a victim of Alzheimer's disease and other people with a history of health complaints.
It is the latest in a number of chip implant experiments aimed at improving the quality of life for long-term sufferers.
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