Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) is the name given to the wireless, radio wave technology that allows for a small RFID chip to be embedded in any physical object and uniquely identified by an RFID reader. With an unlimited amount of possibilities for connected devices we are now seeing consumer packaged goods, animals, waste management systems and even humans tagged with RFID chips. Thus generating a wealth of valuable data which can be applied to a variety of systems to enhance our future lives.
First patented in 1983, RFID has seen a mass market, consumer facing surge throughout 2011 with the release of several high profile, RFID enabled mobile devices, most notably from Google and Nokia. With the cost of production falling and RFID technology now available to the public, 2012 should be fuelled with exciting projects emerging from the maker, hacking and tinkering revolutions. To whet the appetite and demonstrate how much this technology can achieve, here are 6 examples of how RFID is currently being championed.