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  • Derek Du 17:01 on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    NXP’ smart washing machine with NFC+fabric detection 

    NXPNXP Semiconductors,has been used in  the Embedded World 2012 exhibition in Germany,it has the common inventor of NFC technology.The Embedded World 2012 exhibition aims to show off the most likely to be the next generation kitchen appliances——a smart washing machine activated by NFC and RFID.

    The device is full of interesting tech and characteristics and the most significant ability is to distinguish what fabrics you put in it and then chose a washing programme to suit .It can read RFID -tagged buttons on each item in the washing pile ,which tell the machine the exact ,fabric properties.Then the appliance judges whether it needs to set a washing pattern for colours,whites or something in between.It can also tell if the things needs more delicate care.

    Moreover,the service engineer can talk to the device ,which in-built NFC though the mobile phone.They can perform diagnostics,change its status ,software upgrade and even activate the application ,which can contact with the manufacturer’s service center directly .It’s really a excellent stuff.

    Jan Willem Vogel, senior director, industrial applications marketing, NXP Semiconductors says “Most home appliances are becoming ‘smarter’ with the step of the day ,but when it comes to two-way communication ,we’ve only started to explore the universe of possibilities.

    “Today about the new smart washing demonstrator,which brings our advanced application insights,our expertise in RFID and NFC even our extensive understanding of the complex sub-systems operate the white goods together,we’re particularly exciting.”

    NXP’s smart washing machine ,which has no customer feedback is only a proof of concept now .After all ,the fabric detection functionality only work after the clothes manufacturers and fashion retailers sign deals to add RFID-tagged buttons to their garments.But it’s still a great idea and we’re looking forward to see someday that the white goods manufacturers put their eyes on and make full use of it .

    In the meanwhile ,you can keep your eyes on the washing machine ,which called Samsung’s WF457 this machine can be controlled by a smartphone.That is initially in the US and expected to hit stores from spring.

  • Derek Du 16:15 on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    The real touch shop for Near Field Communication 

    nfc real shopFukumi Corporation has opened the world’s first ever physical shop for NFC tags,applications,NFC starter kits as well as printing and encoding serices ,which is a member of the UPM Pro RFID Alliance today.”RFID/NFC Real Touch Shop”,which located in Yaesu,Tokyo,allows both beginners and professional NFC smartphone users to “top and touch” at the same time they also can learn and experience the NFC technology in real–life applications.

      Fukumi has opened an online store before  to providing HF,UHF and NFC tags form UPM RFID as well as RFID hardware.The physical NFC tag shop offer NFC consulting and guidance enable the customers can enjoy the personal service .Fukumi claims this concept will enable customers to grow together with NFC technology ,the company is considering opening more shops in the future.

      Yoshihiro Fukumi ,the president of the Fukumi Corporation says “Fukumi became a member of the UPM Pro RFID alliance in 2010,mainly provide UPM RFID products to various Japanese distribution companies. In the region,where offering a wide variety of high-quality UPM RFID NFC tags and inlays we aim to be the leader of the NFC player in the real shop.

      After Yoshihiro Fukumi’s explains UPM RFID ,APAC,Sales and Marketing Director Edward Lu adds “Fukumi’s shop which complete service concept around NFC tags become the first physical NFC shop in the world .For now UPM RFID has not only involved in the opening of the world’s first online NFC shop for custom NFC tags ,but also played a role in the development of the first mobile app for ordering NFC store .”

  • Derek Du 15:56 on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    A cheaper way to print RFID tags on paper 

    There’s a wide variety of possibilities with RFID and NFC technology , which is taking off in a big way . RFID has been widely used , such as tagging cattle and products being sold in shopping marts . With mobile phone manufactures using RFID and NFC readers into devices , NFC has taking off . More complicated and expensive part of the technology has already been achieving RFID tags on products . It’s said that a technology have been come up by Camille Ramade’s team at university of Montpellier in France , which allows users to print RFID tags on paper . Adding tags are still expensive , so the technology should allow users to enable to print really thin layers of aluminum on paper.
    The easier way means that RFIDs can be installed on more objects than ever before . It just costs a faction of the cost of the previous one . A press release states that traditional ways of printing antennas need processes , such as etching and electroplating for metal surfaces 、screen printing and flexography for paper . The university has demonstrated a way that exploiting processor thermal evaporation to deposit a small quantity of aluminum on paper , which can be used as a RFID tag . Once printed on paper , the same to paper stickers , meanwhile it can be applied to products with much ease .
    Many other tags use more expensive metals than aluminum, such as cooper and siver , which make the new process affordable to use in large numbers . The current use prototype demonstrated that RFID tags are usable and are being read successfully with the readers . The team said that they would be working on optimizations to the system , so that performance can be improved further . Once the technology matures , large companies start showing interest in the project , and they will hope the same process can be repeated for NFC tags, which is currently being pushed by companies ,such as Nokia and Google .

  • Derek Du 19:06 on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Livestock Ear Tags Design Survey 


    This survey jointly sponsored by RFID-BLOG and Nexqo Technology. We are conducting a survey to learn about the current livestock ear tags design and use. Your help and information will be greatly helpful to improve our design.

    The questionnaire will just take your several minutes to finish. Thank you very much for your support and help.

    For survey link, please press here.

  • Derek Du 03:32 on July 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Nokia’ fight on hands, NFC Smart phones 

    NokiaAnssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s new executive vice president, has announced that it will incorporate NFC into all new smart phones next year. The world’s largest mobile phone maker just lowered its 2010 earnings outlook in June, and integrated its own smart phone sector and Ovi service, with a view to developing a competing smart phone against Apple and Blackberry.

    “we have a fight on our hands,” The new vice president Anssi Vanjoki wrote. “The first battle is to bring you products and services you will want to own and use, to inspire you to create and do new things in this ever-changing digital world. I’m ready to take this challenge on, and so is the entire Nokia team.”

    Maybe for Mr.Anssi Vanjoki, to incorporate NFC into smart phones would be his first battle. According to the statistics from market research firm IDC, Nokia sold 67.7 million smart phones by last year, almost double the number of RIM did (3450 million). Therefore, once a significant number of handsets have NFC then the technology will take off, and by the time Apple and others gets round to embedding NFC into their mobile device, Nokia will be a technology leader again.

    In China, Although the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information has not decided yet a national mobile payment standard between 2.4G and 13.56MHz, but with the tendency of the three major carriers have adopted the NFC standard, market prospects became clear. Now with the Nokia’ new smart phone policy, it can be said, NFC almost won the standards battle.

  • Derek Du 15:04 on July 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Do we need Goal-line technology? CTRUS football by AGENT 

    FIFA chief Sepp Blatter on Tuesday apologised to England and Mexico for the refree errors that led to their World Cup exit. Both the teams suffered from refereeing errors in their Round of 16 losing their games to Germany and Argentina, respectively.

    English Player Frank Lampard’s goal was denied even though his shot clearly crossed the line, in Germany’s 4-1 win over England during Sunday’s clash. Blatter assured a discussion on goal-line technology in July 4 meeting of International FA Board.


    The introduction of goal-line technology use on the real pitch has never stopped, those who oppose the use of goal-line technology always claim that football game got its own “tradition and charm”, but in my opinion, the “impartiality” should be the first priority before those “tradition and charm “.

    Actually, a new football with the name of “CTRUS” which designed by AGENT, could ensure the “impartiality” of football game. CTRUS functional principle is based on the mechanical properties of its materials. it is composed by an inner structure (skelle-core) and an outer net-embedded shell, made out of reinforced elastomers. In addition, CTRUS provides added functionality controlled by the electronic components in its nucleus which communicate wirelessly(GPS/RFID) with control stations at the stadium:

    – inner light, color changes at critical game situations (goal, offside and out of bounds).

    • recording of kick force and travel speed.
    • location of the ball relative to the court (interactive detection system via GPS / RFID).
    • P.O.V. camera footage (software stabilized image).




  • Derek Du 01:19 on June 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Battle of RF-SIM and NFC 

    RFID-SIM-NFCRecently, China Mobile formally Suspend RF-SIM mobile phone payment project (Mobile Wallet), the project will not be restart within two years for a conservative estimate. This result is a direct contest between China Mobile and China Unionpay, the only domestic credit card organization in China, which they support RF-SIM and NFC (Near Field Communication) separately.

    RF-SIM technology led by China Mobile use 2.4 G frequencies, which is not compatible with NFC (13.56MHz frequency) use by China Unionpay. Although China Mobile has the world’s largest mobile phone user group, but It’s too hard for China Mobile’s 2.4G standard to become primary frequency wireless communication technology in Chinese market as UnionPay’s 13.56MHz technology has being widely used by the financial POS, bus, subway, gas stations and more other fields. If China Mobile continues to push 2.4G standard, it means that not only RF-SIM card need to purchase one by one, but also full replacement of POS machines across China. The costs will reach hundreds of millions dollars.

    According to the statistics of Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information, China’s mobile phone users reached 780 million in the first quarter. If 40% of Chinese mobile phone users choose the mobile payment service like in Japan and South Korea, China will have more than 300 million users to pay by mobile. Different wireless communication frequency standards will lead to redundant investment and other issues in such huge market. To solve this, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Technology is to promote a mobile payment standard system. Although the result is unsettled, but the industry view was expressed that, with the suspension of China Mobile’s RF-SIM project, 13.56MHz NFC technology is likely to be the final winner.

    It is uncertain that who will become leader in the field of mobile payments in China, but one thing is certain, that no one can dominate the market, only to cooperate together for a bigger cake.

  • Derek Du 18:54 on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Use technology to protect children 

    RFID-BLOG-Children safetyJust over a month’s time, a series of campus massacre against children suddenly become the most focus of attention in China. How can we protect our children? This is a big question mark in all parent’ mind, after all, children are everything to us. My answer is to use technology to improve the protection of the children, hope that more and more companies find a better solution via RFID or other related technologies to archive that.

    Give an example here, Abilia experience center, the children’s professional experience center from the Shanghai World Expo which selected 25 representative future careers for 7-15 years old children to experience growth in the fun. As the area of Abilia experience center reach 4,200 square meters and parents cannot follow their child to enter, so the RFID technology has introduced in order to track children’s location within Abilia center. Each child will wear an RFID bracelet on their hand at the entrance, and each child’s RFID bracelet has a matching bracelet also distributed to the child’s parents. The RFID readers across whole center can read the children’ RFID bracelets and track their location; the parents can also obtain the specific location of their children by scan their bracelet in front of RFID kiosk just outside the entrance.

    Actually, such technology has being used by “BabyBoss professional experience city” in Taiwan two years ago. Our children will be more effective protected by more application of such technology.

  • Derek Du 01:59 on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Creativity and application of China’s Internet of Things Competition 

    RFID-BLOGFrom Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Wuxi “Internet of things” Technology Park at August 2009, to “speed up the Internet of things technology development in China” writes into the annual government report by March 2010. The concept of “Internet of Things” has never been taken so seriously like today in China.

    On 27th April, the first “Creativity and application of China’s Internet of Things Competition” was officially launched in Shanghai. The purpose of this competition is to find good business ideas about Internet of Things and promote the applications on the Internet of Things. Government officials from Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Chinese Academy of Sciences have attended the opening ceremony.

    Competition will last 3 months, creativity and application is the two sub-parts of the competition.All creative work, commercial design, application examples and innovative business models about the Internet of Things are welcome nationwide, the final winners will be announced in September this year. Will you join in? click here then.

  • Derek Du 02:35 on April 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    CostuMagic, RFID system from Hong Kong Disneyland 

    Hong Kong Disneyland is the world’s fifth Disneyland and reaches millions of tourists every year. As one of the largest “wardrobe” in Hong Kong, more than 200,000 apparel and accessories has managed by the Disneyland. More than 6500 pieces of costume distributed to 2,500 cast members daily, and every single member needs 3 minutes to register to get their costume. You can imagine that 50 Disneyland colleagues waiting in the dressing room which just like shopping in a supermarket checkout point.

    Since September last year, a self-service costumes borrow system (CostuMagic) has introduced to Hong Kong Disneyland which using radio frequency identification technology, the time of lend costumes to employees has being greatly saved. By CostuMagic, cast members just need to pick up their costume from dressing room, scan their staff card and costume (RFID tag inside) at one of four sets of self-services kiosks which outside the dressing room, and… that’s it! Plus the system will notice cast member if they choose wrong size of costumes from their actual size, awesome! According to Disneyland official, this RFID system enhanced the efficiency over half.

    CostuMagic, the success of RFID technology in Hong Kong Disneyland has awarded “RFID application and creativity silver” by Hong Kong Article Numbering Association, and is now being used at Disneyland Florida.

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