RFID Revolution, an RFID education and market strategy consulting firm, has introduced RFID Roulette, an Internet-based game designed to help people learn about radio frequency identification technology. RFID Roulette challenges player to distinguish a fake RFID application — one that does not presently exist — from a real one. There is no charge to play.
ThingMagic Opens Online Store
You can buy shoes, shirts and music online. Why not RFID reader development kits? ThingMagic says its M5e-Compact, Mercury5e and Mercury4 module Development Kits are available for purchase online through a new store launched Tuesday.
Each kit provides RFID reader software and hardware for testing, prototyping and developing embedded, mobile, portable and handheld RFID applications. The Development Kits address the demand from businesses for low-cost development tools. The Cambridge, Mass., company says the M5e-Compact Development Kit is ideal for creating embedded RFID applications for healthcare, legal, transportation, logistics and manufacturing.
Students Try On RFID for Hospitals in Second Life Virtual World
Students had an opportunity to model and test healthcare and logistics applications in the virtual world Second Life. University of Arkansas researchers seeking new ways to make health care more efficient and cost-effective have built a new kind of hospital: one that uses location aware systems, sensors, smart devices, radio-frequency identification and virtual reality.
Students developed smart pill bottles that only the owner to open and know their pill count, smart shelves that know when to re-order, a restocking robot, wheelchairs that can follow way points and virtual RFID readers and tags.
Organic Grower Adopts RFID
Organic Alliance reported Tuesday it has agreed to implement the GS1 System to track produce to improve traceability and consumer safety. The U.S. organic industry grew 21% to reach $17.7 billion in consumer sales in 2006 yet consumers are increasingly more concerned about the origin and safety of produce due to food recalls and produce warnings, according to the company.
GS1 provides standards for accurate identification of products and locations through the use of barcodes, electronic product code RFID tags. The GS1 System offers a technology to identify recalls.