In case you missed the news, here's a few interesting tidbits of information you might want to know.
1. Near field communications picks up momentum. By 2012, 419 million NFC chipsets will ship, generating $406 million in revenue. That's according to a new study from ABI Research.
2. Wash in cold water on delicate, tumble dry please. ClothTAG, a system designed by Samgmin Bae, uses RFID technology on clothing to communicate with RFID-enabled washers, dryers and other clothing equipment. Simply load the clothes into the washer and the tag will do the rest of the work by telling the washer how it should be laundered.
3. RFID leads the blind. Last fall, the European Union's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), in Ispra, Italy, embedded 1260 RFID transponders into the sidewalks of Laveno Mombello, in the north of Italy, and linked them together in a network called SESAMONET to help lead the blind. (Excellent article)
4. Search engine Yahoo, KTF partner for mobile RFID. Yahoo Korea has teamed up with mobile carrier KTF Corp. to provide cell phone users directions to restaurants and shops.
5. The Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune are finally catching on. Cardinal Health will roll out a bar-code system to help OR nurses account for surgical sponges. Medline Industries, a U.S. distributor of medical supplies, began marketing a medical system that uses RFID to detect any surgical gauze, towels and sponges left behind in human bodies after an operation. (If this sounds familiar, I wrote a similar story in November 2006 for RFID Journal.)