August 23, 2004
''The technology will mean that diners desperate for some fast food will be able to wave their MasterCard at a payment point in the drive-thru and have the price of their burger deducted straight from their plastic.''
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HP patents RFID document mangement
With a couple of RFID readers in the office and on people's desks, you can then not only track who has which printout at any given time, but also get additional data by scanning the tag: who wrote / printed the document; Microsoft Word meta data information etc.
August 18, 2004
RFID in Document Management
A Japanese bank is going to use RFID for document security; claims this is the first time RFID has been used for this.
London Congestion Charge on RFID
Transport for London (TfL), the integrated body responsible for London's transport system, is considering to spend up to £34m on an enforcement system for Congestion charging including RFID tags. Surprisingly, Silicon quotes: ''A Tfl spokesman said it was not viable to use this technology when the congestion charge began in 2003.''
August 16, 2004
The PeopleFinder has been developed by Montreal-based Freeset Interactive. A system allowing advertisement to interact with the passer-by, the options for vastly 'EyeToy'-like interactions are open for exploration by the advertising industry.
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Goggleless augmented reality
Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab (MERL) has combined RFID, photo sensors and portable projectors to make a goggle free augmented reality system - a ''flash light'' that shows you information about whatever it's pointed at.
Kaiten-sushi restaurants are using RFID tags to facilitate checkout. Cool!
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The Internet of Things
Rajit Gadh, professor at UCLA, writes about the ''Internet of Things'' in Computerworld: [...]
August 09, 2004
New Estonian ID cards 'contactless'
Estonian MEAC and CMB start testing a new version of a national ID card containing what they call 'contactless' extensions.
August 06, 2004
Robots vs RFID in Libraries
Using cameras and OCR software to read the titles of books on the shelves, a new Library robot is all the rage. Wouldn't it be a lot easier to embed RFID tags in the books?
August 05, 2004
Motorola uses RFID to power ubiquitous media
''Using a technology called 'Liquid Media,' four monitors at each station would play and stop video or audio content when Mr. Zander walked into or out of their RFID reception zones.''
RadioActive - Open Source RFID!
''[...]Eventually RFID will create an ''Internet of things''. To reach this goal, there must be a basic application that is free, much like how the growth of the Internet would not have been possible without the Apache web server.[...]''
South African RFID license plates
''Pretoria-based iPico Holdings has launched an electronic number plate (ENP) solution for the transport market.
It is based on its ultra-long range (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that allows multiple vehicles to be read at speeds up to 250km/h from a range of 6m.''
August 04, 2004
RFID powers ubiquitous computing
Chris Heathcote is blogging from the 2004 conference on Designing Interactive Systems. One of the bits that caught my interest was his notes from a presentation of Samsung's Smart Home experiments: [...]
August 02, 2004
RFDump - a german security consultant has released a tool that allows malicious users to read, and apparently in some contexts, change the contents of an RFID tag. Handy for discounting your purchases, you'd think, but [...]
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