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RFID peripherals

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RFID peripheral round up @ Touch… via Beyond the Beyond. Pictured above, RFID wine bottle from ThingM (WineM).

Plug and play RFID-reading USB peripherals are all the rage, as indicated by a stream of recent product announcements. These readers plug into a PC and make various things happen when they are touched with an RFID tag.

RFID readers are small and cheap, encapsulating them in packaging and offering a standard USB interface makes for a versatile product. What we need to see now is some applications and platforms that make these products useful and desirable.

6 thoughts on “RFID peripherals

  1. For such a forward-thinking website, I would have never expected to see you guys encouraging the use of anything related to RFID. However, if you must, please properly educate your readers on how invasive future RFID technology will really be. This is one invention we do not want them to MAKE.

  2. @greg – why shouldn’t we post about this? and how are we encouraging or discouraging anyone about RFID?

    invasive, maybe, but there are projects and ways to block that. there are also many benefits of RFID too, i think makers are smart, they know what’s important to them.

  3. I don’t like that there’s RFID in my passport, that is invasive. I refuse to get a credit card that has it implanted. But RFID on a whole is NOT BAD. The picture as an example: say you manage a large wine cellar and you tag each bottle as it comes in. When one of your servers retrieves a bottle for a customer, they just have to wave it over an RFID reader so it automatically takes it out of the inventory and adds it to the bill. That to me is a perfectly fine use of RFID. Bring on the RFID and all RFID related posts to MAKE.

    –JacqueChadall (who’s off to wrap his passport in aluminum foil)

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