RFID

Robovie is a creepy stalker robot

Robovie is a creepy stalker robot

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.

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Loc8tor Lite helps you find your Sh*t

Loc8tor Lite helps you find your Sh*t

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.

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Nokia adding RFID to phones in the UK

Nokia adding RFID to phones in the UK

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.

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RF Code M220 mobile RFID tracker

RF Code M220 mobile RFID tracker

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.

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