Monday, February 23, 2009Gyazapo RFID phones to carry loyalty points from 100 stores
When I visited NTT last October for a private demo of its new cellphone RFID loyalty-card system, it was still in its early stages of development, so there wasn’t a great deal to write home about at the time.
Thursday, February 12, 2009Injket printers squirt out flexible memory for smart tags
Tuesday, December 23, 2008RFID rail pass also tracks your kid’s every movement
Kids carrying an RFID contactless transit smartcard can also use it to automatically notify parents of their whereabouts.
Saturday, May 10, 2008Japanese RFID tech batters down doors in West
We recently lifted the lid on just how useful – not to mention pervasive – RFID technology is in Japan, so it’s with a glad heart that we bring you news of a move that’s sure to help it spread more quickly in the West.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008RFID in Japan: Japan’s experience with RFID phones and contactless cash
Over the last few years, residents of busy metropolises like London and Hong Kong have grown used to the convenience – not to mention lower prices in London’s case – of transport networks that accept electronic payments. Handy pieces of plastic, like the Oyster Card, with chips onboard are clearly a part of life for many people, but the same RFID technology has a far greater reach in Japan, where it has taken the next step and migrated to mobile phones as well.
Thursday, February 28, 2008World’s first holographic RFID tag to stop Vuitton knock-offs
RFID and holograms are two of our favorite technologies, so it’s a joy to see them form a double act and get together in one pretty little security device. The result is the world’s first hologram-toting IC tag, which arrives in Japan next month courtesy of Hitachi and the printing experts at Toppan.
Friday, February 01, 2008DoCoMo using RFID cellphones to open doors, boot PCs and plenty more
After years of waiting, DoCoMo has finally made good on its promise to deliver an office security system based on the RFID chips in its cellphones.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007Japanese trains beaming RFID info to passengers on the go
Those funky little RFID chips embedded in almost all new Japanese phones just learned another trick to add to a growing repertoire that already includes e-cash, train and bus tickets and e-credit cards, with the introduction of a handy new technology from Mitsubishi.
Friday, May 18, 2007Brother tag printer making RFID cards simple
Anyone with ¥150,000 to invest in a scheme that could open doors in more ways than one might want to consider Brother Japan’s latest specialist printer – a palm-sized machine that can print passive RFID tags.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007Fujitsu interactive wall uses RFID to tell masses to ‘Buy now, buy often’
One of the most useful future technologies I’ve messed with recently is Fujitsu’s oddly named UBWALL (pronounced ‘U-B-Wall’), a giant plasma display panel loaded with RFID and Wi-Fi and intended for pushing information to all and sundry. Although it has been around for at least two years, the UBWALL has now found its first home outside the Fujitsu R&D labs.
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