RFID

Vail Resorts Awarding Real Life Achievements This Season with EpicMix

Vail Resorts Awarding Real Life Achievements This Season with EpicMix

Microsoft's Xbox LIVE features one of the most engaging parts of video games: Achievements. Rewarded to gamers who accomplish something outlined by the video game's designers, they provide gamers the ability to brag, as well as accrue points into their total Gamerscore. Sony has their own system for PlayStation Online, seen in Trophies. Incorporating Achievements has always just been a pipe dream, and Foursquare managed to get pretty close with their Badges system, but Vail Resorts is about to take it to the next level.

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Kena Kai offers new shiny patent leather wallets offering RF shielding

Kena Kai offers new shiny patent leather wallets offering RF shielding

It used to be that if you wanted to be sure someone didn’t steal your wallet all you needed to do was get one of those wallets on a chain. Today a thief doesn’t actually have to steal your wallet to get at your credit card info if you are using the contactless credit cards.

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RFID virus researchers “scaremongering” claims security expert

RFID virus researchers “scaremongering” claims security expert

Just as you were reeling from the prospect of your RFID-implanted arm, cat or badger trekking in whatever wireless viruses they'd picked up and accidentally wiping your HTPC, along comes the voice of reason to dampen down the scaremongering.  Graham Cluley, of security analysts Sophos, has accused the University of Reading researchers of link-baiting, suggesting that the team has "a long history" of using implanted chip technology to lure media attention, and scoffing that "frankly, I've got more chance of being flattened by a falling grand piano than I have of getting my dog virus-infected next time I take him to the vets."

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RosettaStone uses RFID-NFC to make gravestones interactive

RosettaStone uses RFID-NFC to make gravestones interactive

Losing a family member or a loved one is never an easy thing. What most people will tell you is that they want to remember their loved one and have other people who visit the grave remember the departed as well. Most grave markers today only tell you the name, birthday, and date the person died. A new product called RosettaStone can take an existing or new grave marker and provide information that can be shared with visitors.

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iCarte accessory turns iPhone into NFC/RFID reader

iCarte accessory turns iPhone into NFC/RFID reader

Apple wants iPhone users and potential customers to know that there is an app for just about everything that you might want to do. That is true, I have yet to want an app for something and not be able to find one. If what you are wanting is to turn your iPhone into a near field communications or RFID reader there is an app (and a hardware accessory) for that too.

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Samsung AMOLED RFID e-passport video demo

Samsung AMOLED RFID e-passport video demo

Samsung have been demonstrating their latest AMOLED concept, an e-passport that embeds a 2-inch QVGA resolution flexible display into an identity card.  Intended to show a 360-degree view of the card-holder, rather than just a full-on headshot, the e-passport uses an AMOLED display so frugal it can be powered wireless via an RFID reader.

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Violet Mir:ror RFID gizmo reviewed: fun, moderately functional

Violet Mir:ror RFID gizmo reviewed: fun, moderately functional

Violet's Mir:ror took its time coming, but the RFID coaster is now on the market and getting its first reviews.  The Gadgeteer have been playing with the wireless gizmo, which allows you to tag objects with self-adhesive "ztamps" and associate them with functions like launching websites, playing media, sending messages or recording frequency of use stats.

Video demo after the cut

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Violet Mir:ror RFID tag reader released

Violet Mir:ror RFID tag reader released

We first talked about the Mir:ror RFID tag reader from Violet last year but now you can actually get your hands on this device for the first time. Working with both PCs and Macs, the tag reader makes it easy to tag your belongings for easy tracking.

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RX-8 remote-controlled by iPod touch & RFID

RX-8 remote-controlled by iPod touch & RFID

Most car computers concentrate on adding internet access, big sound systems and complex GPS, but Jon Oxer went a few stages further.  His 2004 Mazda RX-8 is connected to the internet 24/7, can be remotely controlled via an iPod touch or iPhone, and unlocked via an RFID tag implanted in his arm.

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Violet Mir:ror connects all your items by RFID

Violet Mir:ror connects all your items by RFID

Just last week we talked about a patent Apple got for a RFID technology that would connect all of your personal items. But now look at this! the Mir:ror from Violet offers up something pretty similar in the here and now.
 

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Apple patent shows off RFID in everything

Apple patent shows off RFID in everything

Apple is certainly good for filing patents. They have a ton of them, but this one is really interesting. It's called the "Personal area network systems devices and methods for use thereof," which doesn't sound interesting, but trust me. It is.  

 

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Tikitag will bring RFID tagging to all objects

Tikitag will bring RFID tagging to all objects

Tikitag hasn't been in prominence lately but the Alcatel-Lucent company made a pretty significant debut at DemoFall. In fact, the RFID tagging system will go into public beta soon and it's looking promising.

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