Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips

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Trades Union Congress concerned over tech being used to control and micromanage.

Britain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security.

UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK.

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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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NFL players to wear RFID chips to track their movements on the field

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The sensors will track the players on the field.

Beginning this September, and for the first time ever 17 National Football League stadiums will employ radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to better track how players move on the field during games. The football league has partnered with Zebra Technologies to use its quarter-sized RFID sensors inside the shoulder pads of players. These sensors will track not just where players are on the field, but also how fast they get going, and what their acceleration was like on the way there — all in real-time.

 

 

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Is connecting your product to the Internet of Things a good business decision?

Companies today are more excited than ever about the Internet of Things thanks to widespread Internet adoption and over 10 billion connected devices around the world. Nearly every business, including those from traditionally low-tech industries, wants to get on the cloud, track a group of devices, and gather data. The question is why would a company is connect a previously “dumb” product to the cloud. Or stated differently, if a company invests in making my toaster talk to my lawnmower, is that really a good business decision and why?

 

 

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New device captures ambient energy from the air to power small electronic devices

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Professor Manos Tentzeris displays an inkjet-printed rectifying antenna used to convert microwave energy to DC power.

Researchers have found a way to capture and harness energy transmitted by such sources as radio and television transmitters, cell phone networks and satellite communications systems. By getting this ambient energy from the air around us, the technique could provide a new way to power networks of wireless sensors, microprocessors and communications chips.

 

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Hotels use RFID chips to keep linens from travelling to new destinations

To keep robes and towels from checking out, a small but growing number of hotels are starting to use new radio frequency chips to keep track of their inventory.
The RFID technology — which stands for radio frequency identification and requires an installed chip that can be read by an electronic reader — has been used by various industries for several years to organize product storage and tally shipments…

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Wal-Mart to Track Clothing with Radio Tags But This Raises Privacy Concerns

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A Wal-Mart employee uses a handheld scanner to read EPC labels on men’s denim jeans.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to roll out sophisticated electronic ID tags to track individual pairs of jeans and underwear, the first step in a system that advocates say better controls inventory but some critics say raises privacy concerns.

 

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RememberMe – Digital Dog Tags That Record Your Clothing’s Last Move

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Digital dog tags

From Ecouterre, comes the latest way to add value to clothing and hopefully, combat the disposable buying cycle: “RememberMe” is a tool that links recorded memories and objects to an online database by using radio-frequency I.D. (RFID) tags and Quick Response (QR) codes. The project is a collaboration between Tales of Things and the Oxfam shop in Manchester, England, and the tagging extends far beyond your favorite vintage sweater. You can tag any object and link it to media with small printable tags. But how does it all work? Find out in a video, after the jump.

 

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Future of Retail – Thinking Outside The Box

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In his keynote address Monday morning at RSPA RetailNOW 2009, futurist Glen Hiemstra provided an in-depth look at the U.S. economy. Specifically, Hiemstra gave attendees a variety of data points which provide indications as to when the economy will recover (“real recovery should occur by the fourth quarter of 2009”) and what factors will play a part in that recovery. He went on to explain that from 2000 to 2008, we were living in a “make believe economy” that we couldn’t sustain forever. Now, the economy is correcting itself. So, what should today’s VARs (and businesses in general) be doing today to be poised for success during the recovery?

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Coca Cola’s Soda Fountain Of The Future To Offer 100 Flavors

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Coke’s Interactive Soda Fountain

Ever had one of those moments where all you wanted was a Diet Black Cherry Vanilla Coke, but all the fountain could offer you was regular old diet? Coca-Cola is doing away with that problem by introducing a new beverage dispenser. Heralded as the “fountain of the future” by Coke PR flaks, the “Freestyle”–which was first unveiled under the code name “Jet” back in April–offers more than 100 flavor options. There are traditional sodas, flavored waters, carbonated or noncarbonated beverages, energy drinks and so on. Even flavors not currently available in the United States. (Video)

 

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Nokia Developing A Cell Phone That Never Needs Recharging

Nokia Developing A Cell Phone That Never Needs Recharging

Nokia hopes to create a device that could harvest enough power to keep a cell phone topped up. 

A cell phone that never needs recharging might sound too good to be true, but Nokia says it’s developing technology that could draw enough power from ambient radio waves to keep a cell-phone handset topped up.

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