RFID

CES badges to have embedded RFID tag

CES badges to have embedded RFID tag

I just signed up for CES 2008 today and noticed something rather interesting. It looks like the registration badges will have an embedded RFID tag. According to the website the tag won't contain any personal information, rather it will only have your ID number.

If you're paranoid about Big Brother tracking your every move at the event (that is if you're planning on attending) you do have the option of checking a box to not have one in your badge. I'm going to have one in mine, I doubt that we'll actually even notice that anything is going on with it, as it's just going to track overall info for the show management.

Futuristic credit card concept predicts financial woe

Futuristic credit card concept predicts financial woe

We've featured a Jacob Palmborg design pretty recently here on SlashGear, but the young designer seems to have a knack for developing tactile, jewel-like concepts that make you ache to hold them.  His OLED cellphone was a slick, kinked shard of monochromatic plastic and metal, obviously expensive, and now he's come up with the ideal way to pay for it.  Only this being the 21st century, you're likely to get a jugful of guilt along with the purchase.

 

RFID play made easy

RFID play made easy

Somebody tell ThinkGeek to get their sweet gadgety asses over to the UK and set up a store here; honestly, I could spend all of my milk money on playthings from their catalogue, if international shipping didn't put me off.  Latest to tempt my VISA card is this DIY RFID kit, intended to take short-range radio identification tagging out of the hands of Big Brother and put it into those of Big Geek.

 

RFID Digital Door Lock

RFID Digital Door Lock

Among the many mundane but complicated tasks of our everyday lives such as pressing buttons on TV remotes and turning volume knobs, is the opening of a door lock with a metal key that must be inserted and turned. What a hassle, not to mention having to carry around that heavy key and keychain in addition to our wallet, Treo, and iPod. And heaven forbid if that key should scratch any of the latter when jumbled around in our pockets. The solution is to upgrade your door locks to the RFID Digital Door Lock.

Marvel HyperScan Console uses RFID for customised gameplay

Marvel HyperScan Console uses RFID for customised gameplay

Gamers of a certain age will remember Epoch's Barcode Battler, a compact games system that relied on barcoded characters and power-ups to fight against each other. The key to its (failed) longevity was the fact that further barcodes could be used to create new characters, enemies and add-ons. In the end its tiny LCD screen couldn't compete with the growing range of TV consoles, and it paled into bargain bins.

Now imagine an interactive system that connects to your TV but also uses a broad and expandable range of characters and power-ups that you can collect just like Top Trump cards. Since we've been dragged squealing into the 21st century, barcodes just won't cut it anymore - instead picture RFID-enabled cards that register with mere proximity across a swipe sensor. You're getting close to the incredible gaming concept of Mattel's HyperScan.

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