This Watch-Controlled Smart Pistol Aims to Make Owning a Gun Safer

Last week, a gun shop in California introduced a new addition to its stock: A .22-caliber pistol that only works when the user is wearing the accompanying RFID-enabled watch. It's being heralded as the "iPhone of guns." Read More >>

Australia is Outfitting Thousands of Bees with Tiny Tracking Backpacks

Bees populations are mysteriously dying worldwide, and that's a problem: one-third of the world's crops are pollenated by the black and yellow fellows. To try and figure out what's causing the bee decline, Australia's national science agency is strapping RFID tags on bees' backs to detect changes in their movement. Read More >>

GM's RFID Engine Bolts Prevent Assembly Line Screw-Ups

hreaded fasteners haven't changed drastically since they were invented ages ago. But now, General Motors has put RFID tags in the bolts used on engine assembly lines, turning simple hardware into tracking devices that make sure everything gets assembled properly. That bolt's got a (2kb) brain! Read More >>

Can Radar and RFID Stop Drivers From Killing Cyclists?

Last month, London reached a grim milestone: Six cyclists were killed within 14 days, sparking a massive "die-in" protest. London isn't alone; 176 cyclists or pedestrians were killed in NYC last year. The rapidly rising death toll is spurring a race to build a technology to warn drivers before they hit someone on foot or bike. Read More >>

Simply Shaking Two Devices to Pair Them Makes NFC Look Old-Fashioned

There's a flood of new smartwatches and other wearable devices coming just around the corner, and every one of them will require a connection to your smartphone. Wireless NFC technology has already made things a little easier when it comes to pairing, but researchers at Disney want to make things even easier by just having you shake a couple of devices in unison. Read More >>

Who Needs a Breathalyser When a Urinal Can Tell How Drunk You Are?

Here's a brilliant idea that could prevent countless drunk driving-related deaths from occurring. Working with a marketing agency called DDB, Zouk, a popular nightclub in Singapore, installed a series of urinals that are able to monitor a patron's blood alcohol level and warn them if they're too drunk to drive. Read More >>

RFID Parcel Sensor Knows If Your Delivery Has Been Dropped

When I was a Christmas postman, many years ago, some of the bored guys in the sorting office's loading bay liked to play a boisterous game of "catch" when parcels marked "video recorder" and "fragile" arrived. How they guffawed when one landed in the bottom of a skip with a sickening crunch, ruining somebody's Christmas. Read More >>

Does Your Bottle Cap Fire Off a Cannon When You Open It?

The bevvy-merchants at Strongbow have designed what being touted as the world's first digital bottle cap which doubles as a rudimentary remote. Using RFID technology, the StartCap can do everything from turning off the lights, to powering up your stereo when you crack open a cold one. Read More >>

Thanks to RFID, You'll Never Lose a Sock Again

Pushing war and world hunger to the back of the line, the next important issue that technology is tackling is mismatched and missing socks. A company called Blacksocks has developed what it's claiming are the world's first smart socks that make them virtually impossible to mis-match, and incredibly easy to find in a basket overflowing with laundry. Read More >>

London Underground: NFC's Just Too Slow

Well here's a thing. Ever wondered why London and other major cities around the UK don't use NFC-based payments for public transport yet? Apparently it's just too damn slow to cut the mustard and be actually useful. Read More >>

Tooth Tattoo Diagnoses Illness and Alerts Doctors

Scientists have developed a sensor that could be tattooed onto your tooth, diagnose an infection, and transmit that information to medical professionals without you having to go to the doctor. Read More >>

The Simple, Brilliant Way to Stop RFID Robbers

The money of the future won't be cash, or even sliding plastic—it'll just be a wave of the hand, we're all told. RFID-enabled credit cards sound great, but add an unprecedented theft risk. So how about an on/off switch? Read More >>

MythBusters Was Banned from Talking About RFID Chips Because Credit Card Companies Are Little Weenies

RFID chips are super cool because those little buggers can beam things wirelessly. The guys at Mythbusters totally thought so too and wanted to make an episode about how trackable and hackable RFID chips were. Sounds amazing! Everyone would've learned more about the technology that's invisibly invading our lives. But, nope. Credit Card companies banned 'em. Read More >>

How to Secure Your Beer Stash Against Freeloading Friends

Every circle of friends has one—the guy who's only willing to chip in "a couple of quid" for the night's keg but double fists his brews the entire evening. Well, no longer! This suds security system will only pour for authorized imbibers. Read More >>

RFID Clothing Hangers Sell Harder than Sales Clerks

It's easy to avoid pushy sales clerks when shopping for new threads. So a department store in Japan now uses inescapable RFID-equipped clothing hangers that try to sell you other products and accessories when you take a garment off a rack. Read More >>


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