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  • Editing Team 17:57 on January 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Researchers Develop Human-Powered Battery for RFID Implantable Chips 

    human-powered-battery-implantable-chips-RFID-blogA group of American and Chinese researchers have worked together to develop a tiny implantable battery which is capable of harvesting and storing energy from the natural contractile and relaxation motions of the heart, lung, and diaphragm.

    These little mechanical energy harvesters have had been successfully tested on cows. The researchers say that they could be used to power a range of gadgets in the future. So it might be possible that you will be able to charge your iPhone by plugging it into your body.

    So how does the battery work? The rectifier integrated in the battery converts the electrical signal which then stores in a tiny rechargeable battery.

    One technology that will benefit from this is RFID. Humans will now be able to implant self-powered microcomputers inside of one’s body. Like all technology, it is neutral. It is how we use it that dictates the tools outcome.

     
  • Editing Team 18:23 on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Ski Maker Madshus Introduces NFC-enabled Skis 

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    Cross country ski maker Madshus is to incorporate NFC chips into its 2014/15 Redline and Champion range skis, enabling retailers to select the ideal set of skis for customers more quickly.

    The NFC chips will be used to store each ski‘s unique signature, including its flex profile, target skier weight, optimal waxing properties and camber profile. Retailers will then be able to scan the chips in-store so they can quickly identify the right skis for their customer.

    A companion MyMadshus consumer app is also being introduced in autumn 2014, enabling skiers to log each of their ski’s unique “DNA” as well as track snow conditions, wax history and recent workout data.

    “Individual skis vary in many ways,” said global brand manager Chris McCullough, “Because cross country skis are designed for specific snow conditions and user weights, the overall camber, flex, length and base of a ski varies significantly from one to the next. By making fine adjustments to the ski presses during production, we can target key properties of their final design and so design skis that meet targeted needs in the market.”

    “The importance of having an internal NFC chip that stores all of the ski’s DNA is a huge added value to the retailer. Rather than having to take a pair of skis into a back room to manually use a ski flexer to designate the correct wax pocket for the consumer, the retailer can now scan the ski and get the necessary info in a matter of seconds.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:50 on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    HOAX: ObamaCare Mandates American Citizens to Implant RFID Chip? All European Newborns Must Take Microchip Implants from May 2014? 

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    There has been rumor circulating over the past few years about ObamaCare RFID Microchip implant. It says that wording from the Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare) contains a section that requires the implantation of a RFID chip in all Americans by a certain date and allows for data collection from those devices.

    Sounds scary, right? Truth is the Act did not mandate the use of any such devices, however. Nowhere in any version of the bill did it say Americans must have microchips or any other devices implanted anywhere in their bodies. More importantly, the provision creating a national medical device registry was entirely stricken from the final legislation signed into law by President Obama.

    Recently, similar rumor goes that all European newborn babies will be compelled to take in a subcutaneous RFID chip beginning in May 2014. However, the rumor is obviously false, with absolutely no basis in reality whatsoever — there are no laws currently on the books in any European country requiring newborns to receive microchip implants.

    Hoaxes like these gain viral success through the medium of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter because they exploit a common fear of a lack of privacy and control from a prying, authoritarian Government.

    Yet, who’s it for us to say what will happen in 500 years or even 1,000 years? We simply have no idea what the future holds but what we do know is that any plans like the mandatory implanting of all a countries’ citizens are unfeasible and thus are certainly not going to happen in the foreseeable future, in America, Europe, or anywhere else.

     
  • Editing Team 17:50 on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    California Suspended Plan to Embed RFID Chips in Driver’s Licenses 

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    Given complaints from privacy groups, the California State Assembly Appropriations committee has suspended legislation to embed RFID chips in the state drivers’ licenses and state identification cards.

    The chips are already mandatorily embedded in licenses in New York, Michigan, Vermont and Washington and are increasingly used in school ID’s and all recently issued passports.

    The legislation, S.B. 397, was put on hold by the state Assembly Appropriations Committee, despite it having been approved by the California Senate, where it likely will be re-introduced in the coming months. Had the measure passed, it would have transformed the Golden State’s standard form of ID into one of the most sophisticated identification documents in the country, mirroring the four other states that have embraced the spy-friendly technology.

    Privacy advocates worry that, if more states begin embracing RFID, the licenses could become mandatory nationwide and evolve into a government-run surveillance tool to track the public’s movements.

    If S.B. 397 is passed, the RFID cards would have been optional to Californians who regularly cross the border into Mexico and thus require the enhanced form of identification provided by the chip-equipped cards.

    Despite the California assembly’s decision, the rollout of RFID chips in identification cards nationwide seems an inevitability in our current context of dragnet, near-totalized surveillance.

     
  • Editing Team 10:29 on July 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Ring Lets You Unlock Your Door with Your Finger 

    Would you like to buy a ring with NFC chips in it? Well, now it’s a possibility. British-based company McLear has developed a ring embedded with NFC chips.

    The ring comes with two NFC chips built-in, one on the inside for personal data, such as the code to unlock your phone or perhaps even your house, and the other on the outside for public data. It uses passive NFC, which means no batteries are required. Each inlay can store up to 144 bytes of data, enough to share links to websites or personal data.

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    The creator, John McLear, has also designed open-source software that can be used to program the ring. For example, by holding the ring near an NFC reader in a mobile phone, you could program the phone’s Web browser to visit a particular Web site. The software is open-source, so developers can utilize it to create their own apps.

    The NFC Ring is one of the first real RFID projects funded on Kickstarter and has raised £65,000 ($99,600) on its Kickstarter page — more than double its original goal.

     
  • Editing Team 09:09 on May 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NXP Announces Ucode 7, a Smaller and Faster Chip 

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    NXP Semiconductors has released its latest, highest-performance UHF RFID integrated circuit, which, according to the company, promises to be the highest-functioning EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID IC on the market. The new chip has higher read and write sensitivity, enabling the development of smaller and more versatile tags.

    The Ucode 7’s development began approximately a year ago. During the past few months, manufacturers of RFID tags, readers and printers have been testing the technology. These early efforts, which took place ahead of the public announcement, were intended to ensure that if NXP released this new high-speed, highly sensitive chip, the market was ready to provide the technology (inlays, as well as readers and printers) equipped to use it, says Victor Vega, NXP’s marketing director for RFID products.

    The Ucode 7 chip’s new features include:

    ■Increased read and write sensitivity (meaning the chip requires less power to be read or encoded than previous NXP chips)

    ■Greater backscatter strength (to improve read performance)

    ■faster writing speed

    ■parallel encoding (to provide faster programming when users are encoding a large quantity of tags for products with the same stock-keeping unit)

    ■greater broadband width (to enable improved functionality internationally where the frequency of the reader’s RF signal varies from region to region)

    The chip measures 445 microns by 490 microns (0.018 inch by 0.0l9 inch), and could be smaller. It comes with 128 bits of memory. According to Vega, the new chip’s greater sensitivity and write speed will make it possible for tags to be used in ways in which they have not been previously utilized. For example, he says, it will now be easier for companies to apply very small tags to such items as cosmetics and jewelry.

    Pricing for the chip is expected to be equivalent to that of the G2iL model.

     
  • Editing Team 07:40 on April 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Chips and the Conspiracy Theory 

    human-implant-chip-RFID-blogHave you ever imagined having a chip implanted under your skin? Are you frightened by this idea or interested in it and would like to have a try?

    Radio-frequency identification devices, or RFID chips, are just bigger than a grain of rice, but it can store a vast amount of information. Your pet dog might even have one in case it runs away and somebody needs to identify them. But what use would they be to humans?

    The conspiracy behind these chips is that eventually, everyone will be required to have one. Everything from your health records to your money would be tracked on this tiny device.

    One benefit is that you could go to a grocery store and gather what you need, then walk straight out the door without dealing with checkout lines. A scanner would detect your chip and charge it without any effort on your part. Another plus could be the freedom from all those pesky credit cards, cash and health records that you have to carry around. Advocates for the chips claim there would be quicker access to medical records, which could potentially save more lives.

    But the disadvantages cannot be ignored. Just as fast as you can activate one of these chips, it’s also easy to turn them off. Conspiracy theorists believe if we are implanted with RFID chips and don’t obey the law, then our chips will be turned off and we won’t be able to buy anything or go to the doctor. Speaking of going to the doctor, these devices have also been linked to health concerns such as tumor growth.

    In 2004, the FDA approved the use of RFID chips in humans. Several thousands of people worldwide have already been implanted with RFID chips with reasons such as health concerns or just out of pure fear. A Florida family volunteered to be the first to receive them because of fear of their safety and security following 9/11.

    In the future, will our world be one where everyone has an RFID chip? Or is it just another crazy conspiracy?

     
  • Editing Team 07:46 on April 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    SmartMetric Incorporates NFC into Biometric Chip Card 

    SmartMetric-NFC-biometric-chip-card-rfid-blogSmartMetric has incorporated NFC technology into its fingerprint-activated biometric chip card which aimed at financial institutions.

    “This will enable institutions to offer a safer NFC solution than that which is currently available, since the NFC Biometric Card will only be turned on allowing NFC communication to be inactive until the user touches the cards fingerprint sensor,” said Chaya Hendrick, SmartMetric President and CEO, “All other NFC technologies are inherently unsafe in that the device is always on providing hackers the ability to capture the NFC information even while the NFC product is not being used. Smartphones are a good example of ‘unsafe’ NFC systems.”

    The company said that its NFC biometric chip card solution is a more secure option than many on the market today as it is only turned on at the point of transaction, rather than something that is on and connected all the time, leaving itself open to malicious attacks.

    The company is also in the midst of a patent infringement case involving Visa and MasterCard, in reference to contract chip cards and their use in the United States. According to a statement from the company, SmartMetric contends that the use of EMV cards in the U.S. is a violation of its own issued patent. The trial is set to conclude in August of this year.

    Reported previously, SmartMetric recently launched its fingerprint-activated USB keyring, designed for the storage of medical records and information.

    Last year, the company announced it received additional funding from private investors and that another million dollars would be added into the company chest to help fund expansion projects in Buenos Aires.

     
  • Editing Team 12:09 on February 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Gema Puts Multi NFC Chips and Built-in Keyboard into a Single Tag 

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    U.S.-based startup Gema Touch has introduced a new NFC tag concept that makes it possible to produce a range of new types of interactive experience.

    The new technology involves placing multiple NFC chips on a single tag base that are individually triggered when a consumer places their mobile phone on the base and presses a button.

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    “Think of it like an NFC keyboard,” says founder and CEO Joanna Rogerson. “Unlike traditional passive NFC tags that are proximity based, since our tags are triggered by the user’s touch, there is no more threat of cross-talk from having multiple NFC tags in close proximity.”

    “We are using standard NFC chips but store very little data on the tags themselves. Rather we store more of the information on the web and just use the tags as a trigger,” Rogerson adds. “The tags are passive, so no battery. We have literally just broken the circuit on the antenna and placed ICs down the tag. We have a couple of different designs on the buttons, but you can just think of them as a pressure sensitive area that, when pressed, completes the broken circuit on the antenna.”

    Currently, Gema Touch is working with a five chip design but, Rogerson says, “we can increase or decrease that button or IC count no problem”.

    Gema Touch’s design has been patented internationally, including design, utility and manufacturing, and an initial short run of fifty tags is now available on a limited edition basis from NFC specialist Flomio. “Everything else will just be sold through us directly,” says Rogerson.

     
  • Editing Team 11:36 on February 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    England: All Dogs in England Must Be RFID-implanted by 2016 

    England-dogs-implant-chip-RFID-blogAll dogs in England will be required to be microchipped from April 2016, for identification purposes. Owners who fail to meet the requirement could be fined up to £500 (roughly $780). In the UK, it is very common to “chip” pets, which is also recommended by most veterinarians. England’s move follows after that of Northern Ireland last year.

    The grain-of-rice-sized RFID chip is inserted between the shoulder blades with a large syringe, and usually contains a 15-digit code comprised of a 3-digit country identifier and a 12-digit serial number unique to the animal.

    This information is then stored in a centralized database that also allows owners to include their contract information and address. Whenever a lost animal is found, it is scanned in an attempt to reunite it with its owner.

    The law won’t apply to cats just yet, for they’re less likely to stray far from home as they’re more territorial animals than dogs.

    The law change won’t affect canine visitors to England, as any animal entering the UK must already be chipped and have proof of extensive vaccinations, or will be refused entry. The UK’s strict immigration laws concerning animal identification and vaccination are largely to do with rabies. The disease is zoonotic, which means it can be passed between animals and humans, and was eradicated from the country in the early 20th century. It remains prevalent in continental Europe, North America, and many other parts of the world, and the UK’s participation in the “pet passport” scheme helps prevent it from returning to British shores.

     
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