I mentioned in a previous blog
about my trip to RFID World and how my cab driver was very concerned about his privacy in relation to RFID. I was unable to allay his fears at the time, but I wish I had had this story to tell him.
Unlike a typical "fish" story, this fish tale seems right on the mark. Singapore's Underwater World claims it has the word's first RFID system for a sea aquarium exhibit. Apparently, aquarium workers placed RFID readers on the front of a "Living Fossils" exhibition tank. When the fish move within range of RFID readers, information about the fish pops up on a touch-screen display. Visitors can use the touch-screen computers to find out about each species' name, diet, and characteristics.
Tagged players in this fish tale include the Arapaima, Alligator Gar, Flower Ray, Pacu, Redtail Catfish, Shovelnose Catfish, and Walking Catfish. With the exception of my brother, Mr. Wildlife, I don't know anyone who can stand in front of an aquarium exhibit and answer the countless questions of curious children, "which one is that? And that? And that?..." as I look around wildly for some color chart or, worse, a silhouette.
As a trained educator and someone who teaches every chance she gets, I love this idea. It seems to me that we've been highly focused on RFID in terms of asset tracking, saving money, preventing theft, streamlining manufacturing, etc. But how cool is it to imagine the next field trip to the zoo or aquarium? I love when technology blends with education and makes learning even more fun. Can't wait to see what's next!