Researchers are finding ways to make RFID radio tags do more than help shops and supermarkets track cans of beans. The BBC explains:
Dr Kortuem and colleagues at the University of Lancaster are working on a project that combines smart tags and personal identifiers to keep an eye on people working on construction sites using heavy machine tools.
“It’s to keep track of how long they are used, to figure out vibrations generated by these tools,” he said. “It’s for health and safety. We create personalised health and safety records for every worker.”
…Many hardware makers, such as router maker Cisco, are also starting to put smarter tags on devices so they can keep a record of their working life and can call for help if they are about to fail or are in need of servicing.
…In the home too some gadgets are starting to use RFID tags to become smarter and help their owners cope with the pace of modern life.
…Nabaztag owners will be able to customise what happens when a tagged object is waved under the nose of their wi-fi rabbit.
“The future of the internet is an internet of connected objects,” he said.
The Nabaztag is an interesting, Internet-connected rabbit:
It can send and receive MP3s and messages that are read out loud as well as perform the following services (by either speaking the information out loud or using indicative lights): weather forecast, stock market report, news headlines, alarm clock, e-mail alerts, and others.
Internet. Wireless. RFID. Even toy rabbits. They are all part of the connections that make things happen.