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100 RFID Innovations

From Tag-Scanning Clothes Washers to RFID Tag Jewelry

— April 23, 2014 — Tech
One of the fastest-growing technological trends in recent years has to be the use of RFID innovations, which are becoming increasingly commonplace in a wide variety of applications.

RFID (radio-frequency identification) uses wireless radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to identify and interpret electronically stored information contained within tags. These tags can be attached to objects.

The applications of RFID are vast and growing, as the technology can be used in any application involving storage and interpretation of electronic data. Grocery stores, public transportation, accessibility, travel and automotive services are just a handful of sectors that have already embraced RFID technology.

Some of RFID's most high-tech uses involve robotics and transportation, where the use of RFID tags can guide mechanical devices through their physical environment. RFID tags are also used in vending machines and other dispensing devices to enable customized dispensing of products.

RFID innovations have also proven to be a potential force for social good, as they are being used in applications that improve accessibility, dissuade crime and promote education, to name just a few.
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Activity
Freshness
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Drunk-Detecting Urine Analyzers
Drunk-Detecting Urine Analyzers
The Pee Analyzer Uses Urinals to Stop Drunk Driving
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99
Microchip Student Safety Programs
Microchip Student Safety Programs
This Student Locator Program Uses RFID Technology to Track Kids
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98
Andrew Sztein, Trend Hunter (INTERVIEW)
Andrew Sztein, Trend Hunter (INTERVIEW)
Sztein Looks at Waterloo Labs as They Recreate Mario Kart
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97
Subtle Cyclist Alarms
Subtle Cyclist Alarms
The RFID Bikealarm Emits a 120dB Shriek When Your Bike is Being Boosted
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96
Literal Snail Mail
Literal Snail Mail
Real SnailMail Sends Emails Using Live Gastropods
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95
Radio Burial Beacons
Radio Burial Beacons
Hippensteel Funeral Services and Crematory Creates RFID Grave Markers
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94
Tree-Tracking Chips
Tree-Tracking Chips
The Green Action Institute is Preventing Deforestation with RFIDs
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93
Automatic Locking Bags
Automatic Locking Bags
The iBag Saves You From Reckless Spending By Automatically Locking Itself
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92
Hunger-Alleviating Ads
Hunger-Alleviating Ads
The 'Food Link' Campaign Let Users Carry Virtual Food Between Two Ads
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91
High-Tech Skate Parks
High-Tech Skate Parks
Nutri-Grain's Cool Skate Park Was Equipped with Tech to Capture Tricks
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90
Sporty Hi-Tech Windbreakers
Sporty Hi-Tech Windbreakers
The SCOTTeVest TEC Jacket 2.0 Boasts an Entertaining Hood
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89
RFID Shoes
RFID Shoes
The WESC KarmaTech Creates an On-The-Go Interactive Experience
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88
Policing Trash Carts
Policing Trash Carts
The RFID Recycling Bin Reports if Owners aren't Disposing Garbage Properly
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87
iPad Brew Trackers
iPad Brew Trackers
The Yelp Kegmate Can Monitor All Aspects of Your Drinking
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86
Equality-Encouraging Dishware
Equality-Encouraging Dishware
The Smart Dish System Singles Out Who Does the Dishes More
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85
Practical Mesh Wallet Organizers
Practical Mesh Wallet Organizers
The Mesh Cards Made by Studio Silo are Ultra Thin Pocket Tools
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84
Memory-Stimulating Music
Memory-Stimulating Music
'Transcendental Tunes' Hopes to Make Memories New and Meaningful
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83
Vocabulary-Building Robots
Vocabulary-Building Robots
Kibot is a New Electronic Pet That Boosts Kids' Education
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82
Sleek Handgun Storage Cases
Sleek Handgun Storage Cases
The Gun Box Ensures Only Owner Has Access to Its Dangerous Contents
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81
Mobile Cooking Aids
Mobile Cooking Aids
'The Chef' Makes Life Infinitely Easier for the Family Foodie
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80
Digital Pedestrian Piracy
Digital Pedestrian Piracy
Electronic Pick Pocketing is Dangerously Easy
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79
RFID Chip Tattoos
RFID Chip Tattoos
Artist Anthony Antonellis Embeds a Re-Programmable Chip into His Hand
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78
Pregnant Women Wristbands
Pregnant Women Wristbands
The Night Agency 'RFIDlifeband' Alerts Mothers to Checkups
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77
Sightless Expedition Aids
Sightless Expedition Aids
The Peepo Explorer Helps Guide the Blind Through the Urban Jungle
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76
Magical Media Players
Magical Media Players
The Skal Device Controls Digital Media via RFID Reader
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75
Olympic Obstacle Course Campaigns
Olympic Obstacle Course Campaigns
The New Zealand Powerade Challenge Tests Your Stamina
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74
Leather Quickdraw Wallets
Leather Quickdraw Wallets
The Dash Wallet is Redesigned to Look Suave in Durable Leather
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73
In-Store Discount Apps
In-Store Discount Apps
The Brouha App Reminds Users of Deals the Second They Step Into the Store
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72
Digitally Dissolved Dinners
Digitally Dissolved Dinners
The NutriSmart System Keeps Tabs on Every Bite You Consume
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71
Buoyant Orb Exhibitions
Buoyant Orb Exhibitions
The 'Light Drift' Installation Floated on the Schuylkill River
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70
Refined Intruder Alarms
Refined Intruder Alarms
The Scout Home Security System Looks Smooth and Operates That Way Too
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69
Real Life Video Games
Real Life Video Games
SXSW's Mario Karting Reimagined is a Different Kind of Augmented Reality
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68
Blind Grocery Guides
Blind Grocery Guides
The Love Card from Shen Ming Makes Sightless Grocery Shopping Easier
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67
Futuristic Family Freighters
Futuristic Family Freighters
The Renault Frendzy is Designed to Seamlessly Go From Work to Play
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66
Digital Sound Tutors
Digital Sound Tutors
The Talking Pictures Toy Teaches Kids With an RFID Chip
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65
Senior Shopping Aids
Senior Shopping Aids
The HelloTag from Moonhwan Lee Provides Elderly Retail Aid
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64
Anti-Texting and Driving Gadgets
Anti-Texting and Driving Gadgets
Key2SafeDriving Prevents Text Messaging on the Road
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63
Loss-Detection Totes
Loss-Detection Totes
The Deja Vu RFID Purse Knows When You Forget Your Keys
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62
Dog Dishes for Dudes
Dog Dishes for Dudes
The Man Bowl Lets Manners Go Out the Doggie Door
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61
Robotic Shuttles
Robotic Shuttles
Masdar Tests Driverless Autos in Net Zero Energy Community
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60
Budget-Saving Bracelets
Budget-Saving Bracelets
The Debitband Concept Payment System is a Physical Fiscal Reminder
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59
USB Train Tickets
USB Train Tickets
The Weneo ID Smart USB Card
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58
Robot Helps Lost People
Robot Helps Lost People
Robovie
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57
Subway Pass-Replacing Rings
Subway Pass-Replacing Rings
This RFID Jewelry Ring Replaces Traditional Subway Fare Cards
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56
Door-Unlocking Smartphone Protectors
Door-Unlocking Smartphone Protectors
The CalypsoCase with CalypsoKey Does Away with Common Keys
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55
RFID Tickets
RFID Tickets
Beijing 08 Olympic Security
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54
Informative Power-Saving Plugs
Informative Power-Saving Plugs
The Sony 'Authentication Power Outlet' Can Determine Power Useage
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53
Social Auto Likes
Social Auto Likes
The Renault Card Links Your Visit to the Amsterdam Motorshow Through Facebook
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52
Projected Direction Headgear
Projected Direction Headgear
The Arrow Gas Mask Guides You Safely from Burning Buildings
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51
Elderly Air Travel Aids
Elderly Air Travel Aids
The Airport Compass Helps Guide Travelers to Their Gates
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50
Educational Magnifying Glasses
Educational Magnifying Glasses
The Alien Eye is Designed to Make the World Globe Interactive
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49
Light-Writing Apparel
Light-Writing Apparel
GLOWFFITI Allows You to Write With Light
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48
RFID Grocery Tags
RFID Grocery Tags
Replacing Traditional Bar Codes Could Lead to Faster Checkouts
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47
Musical Bookshelves
Musical Bookshelves
The Wazz AL by NoDesign
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46
Digital Pup Detectives
Digital Pup Detectives
The Bionic Dog Sniff Can Identify and React to Anything
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45
Brick Superhero Lights
Brick Superhero Lights
The LEGO Green Lantern Lamp is a Heroic Piece of Art
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44
Hi-Tech Foot Garments
Hi-Tech Foot Garments
The BlackSocks Smarter Socks Ensure Men Don't Misplace Them Ever Again
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43
Laser-Cut Paper Stereos
Laser-Cut Paper Stereos
Matt Brown's Rfid Radios Brings Flat-Pack Fun to Internet Radio
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42
Health Payment Bracelets
Health Payment Bracelets
Vitaband Stores Health Data and Pays Your Medical Bills
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41
RFID Social Networks
RFID Social Networks
Jive
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40
Flipping Money-Holders
Flipping Money-Holders
Flipside Wallet Sorts Through Cards with a Push of a Button
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39
Durable Metallic Wallets
Durable Metallic Wallets
The Wallet Design of the Trayvax Makes it Long-Lasting
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38
Smartphone-Propping Wallets
Smartphone-Propping Wallets
The Cobra Wallet Protects Your Money and Works Great with Your Phone
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37
Locating Luggage Tags
Locating Luggage Tags
The Samsonite Stork Bag Tag Keeps Tabs on Your Possessions in Transit
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36
Web-Connected Home RFID Tags
Web-Connected Home RFID Tags
Violet's Ztamps Fuse Your Online and Offline Worlds
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35
Holographic ID Cards
Holographic ID Cards
OLED Samsung E-Passport Features Rotating Image of Your Head
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34
Gadget Gives Shoppers Independence
Gadget Gives Shoppers Independence
Motorola Sparrow
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33
Blogger Sleep Shells
Blogger Sleep Shells
The Hermit Nap Station Uses Tech to Give Geeks a Rest
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32
RFID Tag Jewelry
RFID Tag Jewelry
Amy Johnston's 'Hidden Agenda' Collar
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31
Futuristic RFID Refrigerator
Futuristic RFID Refrigerator
In My Fridge Displays What's Inside Without the Need to Open It
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30
Inner Ocular Chillers
Inner Ocular Chillers
The Smart Fridgerator Can See its Contents and Display Them for You
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29
Head-Mounted Motorbike Indicators
Head-Mounted Motorbike Indicators
Signal Helmet Break Light Increases Bikers' Street Visibility
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28
Rugged Handheld Tablets
Rugged Handheld Tablets
The Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field Tablet
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27
Compartmentalized Liquid Wallets
Compartmentalized Liquid Wallets
This Liquid Wallet is Perfect for Keeping Yours Keys in Place
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26
For Senior Citizen Baby Boomers
For Senior Citizen Baby Boomers
Nokia 'Health Guard'
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25
Trackable Luggage Concepts
Trackable Luggage Concepts
Bag2Go's RFID Chip Ensures That You'll Never Lose a Bag Again
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24
Emotion-Sensitive Bags
Emotion-Sensitive Bags
LadyBag Helps the Forgetful
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23
High-Tech Sports Facilities
High-Tech Sports Facilities
The RFID Golf Range
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22
Foldable Pet Food Dishes
Foldable Pet Food Dishes
These Pocketable 'Slurpabowls' Can be Brought on Walks
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21
Check Stand Grocery Prams
Check Stand Grocery Prams
The GoFa Shopping Cart Records All of the Items You Put into Your Cart
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20
Mouthless Fembots
Mouthless Fembots
German-Made AILA Robot Reads RFID Tags and Has Great Hair
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19
Anti-Wireless Theft Wallets
Anti-Wireless Theft Wallets
The Pocket Vault Stops RFID Cards From Being Hacked or Stolen
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18
Hacker-Proof Travel Totes
Hacker-Proof Travel Totes
The New Tumi ID Lock Collection Blocks RFID Signals
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17
Futuristic Danish Tricycles
Futuristic Danish Tricycles
The Yamaha Hecta is a 21st Century Christiania Bike
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16
Dual Action Smart Guns
Dual Action Smart Guns
The Armatix iP1 Only Fires Within Range of Its Watch Counterpart
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15
Tag-Scanning Clothes Washers
Tag-Scanning Clothes Washers
Smart Chime Washing Machine Ensures You're Following the Directions
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14
All-Inclusive Mobiles
All-Inclusive Mobiles
The T-Glove is Your Wallet, Cellphone, MP3 Player and More
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13
Interactive Fitting Room
Interactive Fitting Room
MagicMirror
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12
Stainless Steel Wallets
Stainless Steel Wallets
This Stewart Stand-Designed Wallet is Made From Recycled Material
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11
Paper-Playing Turntables
Paper-Playing Turntables
The IDEO C60 Redux Turns Collages into Mix Tapes
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10
Self-Serve Wine Bars
Self-Serve Wine Bars
This Machine at Park 112 Automatically Serves Wine to Patrons
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9
Intelligent Refrigerators
Intelligent Refrigerators
Touch Screen Fridge With RFID Tag Reader
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8
Theft-Blocking Wallets
Theft-Blocking Wallets
The Bantam Wallet by James Watson is Made From Kangaroo Leather
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7
Clever Key-Seeking Devices
Clever Key-Seeking Devices
The Finder RFID Locator Will Ensure You Never Fully Lose Your Effects
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6
Desktop Dinner Processors
Desktop Dinner Processors
The Desktop Microwave is a Computer Peripheral For Preparing Food
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5
Eco Water Coolers
Eco Water Coolers
The Ishke Water Dispenser Relies on a Smart System of Reusable RFID Canteens
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4
Credit Card Protectors
Credit Card Protectors
The HuMn Wallet Blocks Identity-Stealing RFID Signals
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3
Front Pocket Wallets
Front Pocket Wallets
Bridge Keeps Your Valuables at the Front and Eliminates Back Pain
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2
GPS-Trackable Wallets
GPS-Trackable Wallets
The Freedom Wallet by Royce Leather has a GPS Tracking System
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1
Bicycle Vending Machine
Bicycle Vending Machine
BikeDispenser.com
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