Amazon just officially announced its long rumoured grocery store in the US, and it actually looks pretty neat. The concept is that there's no place to checkout. You just tap your phone on some sort of detector when you walk in and then walk out with your food. Once you've left, you are billed through your Amazon account.
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You think body hacks are cool, but aren't quite ready to get that electronic implant. Fair enough. If you're style-conscious, then a set of RFID-impregnated fake fingernails might be a good compromise. It's certainly fashion forward.
The US' busiest airline just spent $US50 ($65) million on tech that promises to more efficiently route your checked luggage to its destination. By the end of the year, all Delta Airlines flights will be tracking bags using RFID, or radio frequency identification. But can RFID really solve one of the most annoying things about air travel?
Inside your smartphone, hidden underneath the sticky plastic wrapping of the battery, or glued to the removable rear cover, there's a secret, ominous-looking wireless chip. It's not controlled by the FBI or the government or the Illuminati, though, and it's not tracking every search you make online — it's just NFC.
Last week, a gun shop in California introduced a new addition to its stock: A .22-calibre pistol that only works when the user is wearing the accompanying RFID-enabled watch. It's being heralded as the "iPhone of guns".
Threaded 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!
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.
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.
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.
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 mismatch and incredibly easy to find in a basket overflowing with laundry.