It’s interesting to see how RFID — the technology behind product tagging that I’ve banged on about here before — enflames passions. News on ZDNET that chipmaker Texas Instruments has announced a wireless identity chip for clothing which can survive the dry cleaning process has unleashed dozens of comments, most of them about the potential for tracking folk and abusing their privacy. The Laundry Transponder, from TI Radio Frequency Identification Systems, is a thin 13.56MHz radio frequency identification (RFID) chip with a circumference of 22mm that can be attached or sewn into fabric. Its plastic casing is capable of withstanding industrial cleaning processes, making
Iomega Corporation say they’ve created a 1.5 GB digital capture technology (DCT) drive about the size of a 50 cent piece and weighs about 9 grams, designed for a new generation of digital entertainment products, including camcorders and portable video players, as well as portable PCs and smart handheld devices. Expect to see the drive in products made by Fuji Photo Film Co. (Fujifilm), Ltd., Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. (Citizen), and Texas Instruments (TI) next year. No press release available yet.