One of the mega music fests that come around every summer has upped its game. The Bonnaroo Music Festival, held over three days Manchester, Tenn. is now moving away from the plastic wristband to a soft fabric band also embedded with RFID tags to track paying customers.
In a completely normal and unproblematic move, a school district in San Antonio, Texas has decided to insert wireless radiofrequency identification (RFID) chips into its student's ID cards so it can track the children at all times! It's OK, though, because this will help combat a problem the district has: it keeps losing children.
Do you ever call your own cellphone just so you can locate it in your messy house? If losing stuff at home has become a problem, the U Grokit add on for your cellphone will let you locate things like a mini LoJack system.
You would think that someone with artificial body parts would keep a pretty good record of what was stuck inside them. But apparently this isn't always case, so a New Jersey orthopedic surgeon is marketing a special RFID tag just for body parts, loaded with the vital data doctors might need down the road.
Keeping track of everything we eat would be a great idea, and I'm sure we'd learn all kinds of things we don't really want to know about our diet and overall health. Until now it's been a major hassle to do this, but tiny digestible RFID tags could automate the entire process for every single piece of food that we consume.
How do you justify paying for a swanky luxurious hotel that costs $200 a night? By stuffing your suitcase with as many hotel "souvenirs" as possible. Anything and everything from towels to shampoo bottles, toothbrushes, bath robes, slippers, etc. are applicable. Say hasta la vista to those klepto habits because hotels are beginning to track their towels with RFID chips.
The mixtape — what was once considered a beautiful and intimate way of sharing music with others is long dead. It's been dead since the iPod killed cassette tapes. And no, iTunes playlists don't count as replacements. The design gurus over at I Miss My Pencil built a device to bring back some of the tangibility that music once had.
Forever worried about evildoers stealing your credit card? A new kind of card that hides your account info unless you punch in a code is designed to put those fears to rest.
Why would you need a wallet made of stainless steel? Well, you've probably seen ads for credit cards that allow you to just touch them against a sensor to pay for things. You might even have one! And, well, those cards are pretty vulnerable to being compromised by hackers.
Promising to turn your smartphone into a device that could help make nearly any inanimate object "smart" as well is the iPhone RFID prototype media player.