Disney has decided to harness the power of RFID technology with a new wearable piece of tech designed to unlock the parks' many treasures.
Do you have a greedy fat cat who likes to steal the food from all your other pets' bowls? This feeder could be the answer, with a locked door that only opens when the right cat steps up for some chow.
Scrabble is usually a pretty intimate game, played by bookish people who want to show off their command of English vocabulary. But if you're a competitor at the Prague Mind Sports Festival Scrabble Championship, the Scrabble world wants to study every word you lay down right as it happens.
"Smarter Socks" is a system so detailed it will empower your socks to virtually organize themselves by tracking and recording their activity through RFID chips, a scanner and an iPhone app. Why? Because lost socks is serious business as countless hours could be lost trying to find that straggler or match up look-a-likes.
As RFID technology continues to permeate nearly every faucet of how we pay for things, a subculture of hacking the platform has emerged and given rise to a number of interesting dynamics. A popular trend in the UK revolves around hacking into the country's transit system smart card and making wearable access devices with the RFID chips.
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.