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.
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.
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.
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.
Basically what this little card does is transmit its signal through your body, clothing, whatever it has direct contact with. That means you could open doors, use printers, and other such tasks without actually having to pull out your card and swipe it.
Sure, his intended purpose is to help lost or confused shoppers, but if this little creeper comes up behind me and asks if I need any help in a Johnny Number 5 voice, I’m going to need more help than directions can give. And if he does it in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice, I’ll be in a fetal position crying in seconds.
Just like its predecessor, the Loc8tor, the Loc8tor light does the same thing, but in a much smaller, specifically thinner package. It has a 122 meter radius and can guide you to whatever you’ve lost within an inch of it.
It all works off of RFID and each Loc8tor comes with a few miniature RFID homing tags that you put on or in whatever you don’t want to lose. Some recommendations would be your wallet, cell phone, or other high end electronics that you take with you on the go.
Keeping our data and information secure and safe is something most of us worry about. The STSEN E08 RFID Security 2.4 Inch HDD Enclosure is more than just a ridiculously long name; it’s an alternative to fingerprint scans and passwords.
In a trial with O2, London Underground, and Nokia, they are offering up a few phones with built in RFID tags to be used with payment systems. Its not a new idea, it was just decided a while ago that it was a rather bad one.
So what makes Nokia think they can do something different enough to make it work better? Personally I don’t think they can, I am all about making the contents of my pocket fewer and fewer and simplifying the payment process, but I am also totally against RFID except for the tracking of cargo, items in a business, applications where tracking people, and attaching the tech to money are not combined because I’ve read about the extreme lack of security regarding RFID.
This RFID works with any active RFID tags that are running on the 433MHz band. It is mobile, as in you can carry it with you, and it can transmit data to your mobile device (BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Etc.) via Bluetooth.
That means you can buy some of RF Codes active RFID tags, affix them to all your high priced gear in your company, and then use this thing to track/find it, all from your smartphone. Its easy as pie to track your stuff now, and will probably decrease the chances of your gear walking out on you.