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NYCC organizer ReedPop spams attendee Twitter accounts

NYCC organizer ReedPop spams attendee Twitter accounts

The radio frequency identification (RFID) tags embedded in ID badges for this year's New York Comic Con were used to spam attendees' Twitter accounts the moment they walked into the Javits Center. The spam took the form of overly enthusiastic tweets like "#NYCC is the Best Four Days of my Year!" and "So much pop culture to digest! Can’t. handle. the. awesome.", followed by a link to the NYCC page on Facebook. Attendees were not warned ahead of time about this, and the spamming was intentional.

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Forget mobile payments, real-life Mario Kart is the best use ever for RFID

Forget mobile payments, real-life Mario Kart is the best use ever for RFID

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime may have straddled a full-sized Mario Kart replica for publicity, but Waterloo Labs' DIY version goes several steps better with actual gameplay dragged out from the console to the race track. Taking four regular go-karts, and then strapping on RFID readers, pneumatic launchers, and various servo-controls of the steering and throttle, the real-life drivers can boost their performance by grabbing RFID-tagged boosters hanging over the course, and sabotage rivals by shooting at them.

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Indian researchers invent RFID device that can block a driver’s cell phone

Indian researchers invent RFID device that can block a driver’s cell phone

Distracted driving is a big problem all around the world. Many states in the United States have laws on the books banning texting while driving or making phone calls while driving without using a hands-free device. The problem is these laws are difficult to enforce and many drivers simply ignore them. Researchers in India have come up with an interesting way to block only the driver's mobile phone while the vehicle is in motion.

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UGrokIt aims to prevent you from losing anything

UGrokIt aims to prevent you from losing anything

A new mobile company plans to use smartphones and RFID technology to easily help users locate their keys, remote controls, chargers, or pretty much anything. The RFID tags, which will only cost about $1 a pop, will not require any elecricity and can attach to pretty much anything. The only thing it can't find is, well, your RFID scanner.

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Asahi Kasei RFID device stores medical data and uses FeliCa tech

Asahi Kasei RFID device stores medical data and uses FeliCa tech

When it comes to emergencies, where a life hangs in the balance accessing information about the patient seconds faster could mean the difference between life and death. When people with severe medical issues or allergies are in an accident where they are unable to communicate with responders the special needs that doctors and paramedics don’t know about can make a huge difference in treatment and the outcome for the person.

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