I am all for using RFID Chips for Inventory and parcel tracking(Anyone who has ever done a hand count in an electronics parts warehouse would be insane to feel otherwise), but these things strike me as the ultimate in stealth tracking. Would you like these “embedded” in your stuff?
In all seriousness, I believe that they should be embedded in all children until they turn 16, and then they should be removed to allow older children the “freedom” that they require to grow and begin to develop the maturity they will need as an adult.
I personally would love to Lojack my son. As much as he likes to run, if you turn your head he’s gone, and while it wouldn’t mitigate my responsibility to be attentive it would remove that never-ending queasy feeling in my stomach when we go somewhere.
Added: As for the possibility that they could be used to track material objects, I would say no unless it is requested, like the Lojack feature that Dell offers.
RFID chips are not like GPS tracking devices; they don’t so much tell you where something is as what it is, when you’re already in close proximity to it. They’d be approximately as effective at tracking a child as, say, making him wear a hat with a barcode printed on it.
Any idea how the range at which these could be detectable? Or whether a “reader” need be tuned to a particular chip’s frequency?
I’d imagine - like most technology - this could be have a host of wonderful and undesireable applications. Airman Doors - I can well appreciate the superficial attractiveness of monitoring your kids this way, I like to think that it is far more rewarding for both parties if the kids have their freedom within which they can make stupid decisions like their parents did, and the parents need to wrestle with the decision of whether they are being too strict or lax with junior. And from my experience, you can keep pretty tight reins on your kids with far older technology that this!
A matter of feet in most cases, longer ranges IIRC require larger antennas, requiring larger RFID devices.
It is pretty much impossible to use them outside of short ranged security scanner/inventory scanner ranges or in some cases with larger ones, a decent sized department of a store could be blanket scanned by an appropriately powered/positioned array.
We track our kids too damn closely as it is today. I’m not sure my kids in college, who seem to be in cellphone contact with us every five minutes, are better off than I was, who called on a payphone once a week.
Not to mention allow you to have a refrigerator and attachments to send the contents of your fridge and cabinets to your grocery database which can be configured to send the data to your mobile phone, so when you are at the grocery store, you don’t have to forget anything.
Hypothetically, could a criminal get access to one of the readers and be able to drive around a neighborhood and see what all kinds of stuff people have in their houses? I don’t really know what all these chips will be installed in, but if it’s higher priced electronics or anything, it’d be like x-ray vision for burglars. Just my two cents, I could be TOTALLY off base. But hey, that’s why I’m asking.
Yeah, but they would have to get up pretty close to the house. The whole 10-20 feet thing. But there is already a technology that allow burglars to see what you own with that kind of distance. It’s called a window.
Not to mention you have to hit the chip with enough RF energy to broadcast a return that will penetrate residential walls.
Hitting a house with that much RF would cause noticable effects like interference with computers, TV reception, cordless and cell phone reception, not to mention flat out cook the RFID chips you are trying to trigger.
Cell phones have a hard enough time doing that in many cases and they transmit at several orders of magnitude higher in power. Scaning of large areas of retail stores is done with dozens or even hundreds of antennae scattered across that area. The chips in question are designed for marking things like currency, casino chips, event tickets, or anything else that might be counterfeited. In that case the item marked would probably be within inches of the reader, maybe a 12" tops for ticket windows or casino cashiers if the readers were under the counter surface. For chips that size thats a very realistic range.
Please kindly return your knee to the unjerked position merijeek,
I’m not keen on the idea of a mall being able to know what brand of pants I’m wearing and where I bought it. Or the McDonalds drive-through knowing what groceries I have in the back seat. It’s way to easy to collect, connect and sell personal data now. I’d at least like a fighting chance to remove the tags.
On a similar note, there was an announcement maybe a month ago, about how the key chains for Cooper Minis were being used to trigger personal billboards. So far, it’s an opt-in beta test. That to is RFID driven. Goodie, now the billboards are tracking my daily commute. In this case, it’s got a 500ft range.
I’d welcome a brief description of the tech. How easy is it to scramble, permanently, the info on these chips? Are they solid-state? If they respond to an induced current with no power source of their own, doesn’t this mean thay could theoretically be fried by upping the juice?