How the NFL uses Zebra Technologies’ RFID chips to track everything on the field but the ball

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RFID tags can be found inside the uniforms of NFL players.

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips are usually used as security tags on clothes in stores, but this year they can also be found inside the uniforms of NFL players. As the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions descended upon London this weekend, accompanying them were executives from Zebra Technologies, the company behind the RFID-based motion tracking system that the league is implementing this season. (Video)

 

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Will we have any privacy when everyday objects are connected to the Internet of Things?

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Consumers who are wary of privacy can  take some comfort in the settings tab of our smartphones or browsers, which allow us to tell a device not to track our location or monitor what we are reading. But what can they do when the internet-connected device is inside their body or mounted on a city lamp-post? (Video)

 

 

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40,000 fans pack South Korean stadium to watch people play video games

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League of Legends World Championship match.

At South Korea’s World Cup Stadium in October, drums thundered, pyrotechnics exploded and fans banged red and white thundersticks for a world championship title worth a cool $1 million. (Video)

 

 

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WASP’s giant 3D printer can build houses from mud in some of the most remote places on Earth

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This 3D printer has been developed to build cheap, sustainable houses using a clay-like paste.

WASP, an Italian 3D printer company, demonstrated a giant, three-armed printer they created at Maker Faire Rome. WASP’s 3D printer is unique as it can be assembled on site within two hours, and then filled with mud and fiber to build extremely cheap houses in some of the most remote places on Earth. (Video)

 

 

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Blind man regains partial sight thanks to bionic eye

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Larry Hester is the 7th person in the U.S. to have a bionic eye implanted.

Thanks to bionic eye technology, people diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease are seeing a new future. And Larry Hester is the seventh person in the U.S. to have a so-called bionic eye – an Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Device — implanted. It allows him to see for the first time in 33 years. (Videos)

 

 

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Advances made with new synthetic materials open possibilities for manned space exploration

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A man-made leaf absorbs carbon dioxide and water and releases oxygen. 

There are many challenges with space exploration. One inconvenient fact – the lack of oxygen in much of the universe – poses a real challenge to making off world exploration and living a reality. (Videos)

 

 

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