RFID

Disney Researchers found a way to make faster RFID toys

Disney Researchers found a way to make faster RFID toys

Disney might have officially called it quits in publishing its own digital games, but it isn't completely throwing in the towel in researching the best ways to make those. Either that or the researchers at Disney got the memo too late. Teaming up with researchers from Carnegie Mellon and MIT, Disney Researchers have come across a solution that would make RFID-based toys and games faster but also more efficient, by doing away with the need to even include batteries just to keep track of objects.

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Armatix iP1 smart gun only fires if user is wearing a special watch

Armatix iP1 smart gun only fires if user is wearing a special watch

Firearm safety is a big deal for every one around the country. People have to keep guns out of the reach of children and keep unauthorized users from getting their hands on weapons. A new handgun has turned up in California that is one of the first smart guns.

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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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Lost cat walks 200 miles to get home, finds owners thanks to RFID chip

Lost cat walks 200 miles to get home, finds owners thanks to RFID chip

According to Jacob and Bonnie Richter, they were on vacation in Daytona Beach, Florida when their beloved four-year-old cat Holly disappeared. The couple was unable to find their cat before they had to return home. The couple lived approximately 200 miles from the vacation destination in West Palm Beach Florida.

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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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Keurig Vue V1200 coffee brewer uses RFID technology

Keurig Vue V1200 coffee brewer uses RFID technology

I wager most of the offices out there have normal coffee makers where you put in a paper filter, water, and ground-up coffee to get a full pot. Some offices have fancier coffee machines that brew single cups of fancy hot drinks. Some of the coolest single cup makers are made by company called Keurig.

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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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Karotz smart rabbit robot uses Facebook

Karotz smart rabbit robot uses Facebook

"What the US needs is a social-network aware robotic rabbit." If you've ever found yourself muttering those words, then the Violet Karotz smart rabbit is probably for you (or maybe medication); the third-gen Nabaztag, a web-connected voice recognition robotic desk rabbit, is finally crossing the Atlantic to the US.

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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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Walmart, Macy’s, and JC Penney to use item level RFID tagging for shoes

Walmart, Macy’s, and JC Penney to use item level RFID tagging for shoes

We have all been shopping for shoes and had to ask the person behind the counter if they have the size we need only to see them disappear into the back for an eternity only to come back out and say they are out of your size. Walmart, JC Penney, and Macy's are all working toward implementing a new system that will eliminate that wait to see if your size is in stock.

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Apple Seeking RFID Expert in Recent Job Postings

Apple Seeking RFID Expert in Recent Job Postings

We all know Google is pushing big into the NFC market with the inclusion of support in the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, and it looks as if Apple is readying themselves to be ready for the next generation of mobile payment systems with two new job listings on their corporate site.

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