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Tag Archives: RFID

This Gun Won’t Fire If Its Smartwatch Isn’t In Range

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Gun safety is important. Sure, locking your firearms in a cabinet can help keep them out of a child’s hand, but it’s really only a matter of time until they either find your key or figure out your combination, and then what? Well, the Armatix iP1 will not fire a single of its .22 caliber rounds unless its companion iW1 Active RFID Watch is in range. Better yet, you can activate a PIN code that will prevent the gun from firing even if the watch is in range, we suppose to prevent someone from taking it from you and shooting you with it while you’re still near. Granted, having to enter a PIN in the heat of the moment might take away from the potential usefulness of the gun, but at some point it’s up to you to find the right balance between safety and function.

RFID-enabled guns don’t come cheap. It’s $1,400 for the gun and yet another $400 for the watch.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Check Out this Artist’s Tattoo That’s Only Visible Every Other Time

The thing about tattoos is that they’re permanent. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what some relationships, obsessions, and couplings are not. How many times have you read (and laughed) at stories of people who went and got tattoos of their significant others’ names or faces, only to cover these up or remove them when the relationship has come to an end? There are many other reasons why some people would opt to have their ink removed. However, this isn’t an issue at all for artist Anthony Antonellis and his digital tattoo.

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Gatefeeder Uses RFID To Feed The Right Pet

You got a chubby little cat that bullies the other ones away from their food bowl and eats their portions? I do, and I’ve resorted to locking them up in separate rooms at feeding time, which, well, is annoying. The Gatefeeder features an automatic locking mechanism that is opened when an RFID chip is detected, which allows the bullied cat access to his food at all times while keeping the big bully out. So what you do in a case like this is that you feed the fat cat normally, while you put the little cat’s food in the Gatefeeder; he always has access, the other cat never. Of course this works with more than two cats, and you can order additional tags for them.

A system like this isn’t cheap, at $249. But we’ve heard of pet owners spending ungodly amounts before, so we don’t expect this to be much of a deterrent to the really determined.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ DVice ]

Smart Socks Tracks Down the Life Cycle of Your Socks and More

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How many socks have you lost in your lifetime? If you’re like most other average human beings, then you’ve probably lost tons. Don’t even get me started on the times I’ve worn mismatched socks because I was in a hurry and couldn’t find the right pair (either that, or I was too sleepy to care.)

Apparently, this is a huge problem to some people who just can’t stand wearing mismatched socks. If you also have the need to know where certain pairs of your socks are, then you might be interested in the Smarter Socks system, which is comprised of RFID chips, a scanner, and an iPhone. Pretty complicated stuff just for socks, but hey, whatever floats your boat.

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MIAmobi SilentPocket Blocks All Signals In And Out Of Your Devices

By David Ponce

MIAmobi makes a line of pouches in varying sizes whose purpose it is to cut off your mobile devices from any radio communications. It is made for those who are concerned about being tracked through GPS or even those who worry about RFID based identity theft. We’re not entirely sure how the pouches accomplish this, though there is talk of a “silver lining”. In any case, it appears that when you drop your device in a pouch, it’s instantly cut off from any signals and goes off the grid. And while you could turn your phone off, apparently you can still be tracked when you do this.

There appears to be no price information on their website, though the items are available for purchase. You have to contact them and inquire.

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RFID Tagged ‘Bijlmer Euros’ Makes It Easier To Track Where Money Goes

Bijlmer Euro (Image courtesy BijlmerEuro.net)
By Andrew Liszewski

Websites like Where’s George? let’s you track the travels of a piece of currency using their unique serial numbers, but it only really works if everyone who gets their hands on it visits the site. The same idea exists behind the Bijlmer Euro created by artist Christian Nold, but it’s a little more automagic since the bills each feature an RFID tag. Now obviously in order to track the whereabouts of a given bill, every single place of business would need RFID scanners installed, so the notes are designed to be used more as a “complimentary local currency” for the south-east area of Amsterdam, where about 2,000 of them were made available.

A handful of local shops have been equipped with the requisite RFID scanners which then report to a website which allows users and shopkeeps to visualize the flow of the bills. And in order to ensure that people are more likely to spend the Bijlmer Euros in the area where they can be tracked, the participating shops and restaurants offer unique discounts and promotions when you pay with the special currency. I like the idea, but have to wonder if the issue of defacing currency comes into play here.

[ Bijlmer Euro ] VIA [ PSFK ]

RFID Protected 2.5-Inch SATA Drive Enclosure

RFID Security 2.5 Inch SATA HDD Enclosure (Image courtesy Chinavasion)
By Andrew Liszewski

Sometimes passwords feel like more of a pain than a plus, so I like this 2.5-inch SATA HD enclosure that uses an RFID tag to protect your data. Unlocking your precious files is as easy as waving one of the 2 included RFID tags over the enclosure, and you just repeat the motion to lock everything back up again. It’s compatible with 2.5-inch SATA hard drives up to 160GB in size, but I can’t help but wonder if the dirt cheap $16 price tag from Chinavasion is an indication of how well this thing really works.

[ RFID Security 2.5 Inch SATA HDD Enclosure ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Ford & DeWalt RFID Tool Link Ensures No Tools Left Behind

Ford & DeWalt Tool Link (Image courtesy Gearlog)
By Andrew Liszewski

At times RFID technology gets a bad rap, but that’s because it’s not always the best solution for every situation. (ie Passports etc.) However, here’s one example where the technology really shines. Developed by DeWalt, Tool Link is a $1,120 option for Ford trucks that uses RFID tags to keep track of your tools so that you don’t accidentally leave one behind at a job site.

The system comes with 50 tags that can be attached to tools and hardware from any manufacturer, an RFID scanner plus software that runs on the truck’s in-dash computer, as well as a couple of RFID antennas located in the truck’s bed. Once you’ve created a database of your hardware the system can keep track of what items were in the truck at the start of the day, and what items are missing before you leave the construction site at the end of the day, before they go missing permanently.

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Freecom Hard Drive Secure Might Protect Your Data With RFID, Probably Won’t

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By Evan Ackerman

While sheer paranoia isn’t the best thing to have dictating your gadget purchases, there are some instances where paying a small premium for that extra level of comfort and security might make sense. Freecom’s Hard Drive Secure is a run of the mill external HD, except that you can’t access the data on it without swiping an encrypted RFID card the size of a credit card past the drive. Swipe the card again and the drive locks itself. It’s not too terribly expensive at $120 for a 500 gig drive, although $410 for a 2TB drive it just a little crazy.

What Freecom doesn’t make clear is just how the encryption on the drive works… It sort of sounds like while the encrypted keycard locks and unlocks the drive, the data on the drive itself is not actually encrypted. This sort of system might keep your porn stash safe from your kid brother, but anyone with a mediocre amount of computer experience (which your kid brother probably has) will just remove the drive from the case and access it directly. Even having the locking system on the drive itself won’t thwart someone who is casually determined. And irrespective of the encryption on the drive, having to swipe your card a second time to lock the thing is just stupid. It should be set up so that if the RFID card leaves, the drive locks itself. And of course, I won’t even get started on the security flaws in RFID.

So yeah, there are some instances where paying a small premium for an extra level of comfort and security might make sense, but this is probably not one of them.

[ Bit-Tech ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]