Welcome to the latest News with Suze! Over here at atlasRFIDstore, we are patiently counting down the days to RFID Journal LIVE! which starts next week. Be sure to tune into the blog over the next few weeks to see all the innovative ways people are using RFID. We will be visiting as many booths as possible and filming interviews with RFID companies at the show.
Let’s start our top three countdown of this week’s stories in the RFID world!
Delta Increases Safety
Similar to the Hong Kong railways story from last week, the world of air travel is now safer as Delta is beefing up its safety precautions. In order to decrease man-hours as well as human error, Delta is implementing an RFID system to improve standards. Typically, flight attendants run through an exhaustive checklist ensuring that safety items are in their correct locations and within their expiration dates. By using an RFID stystem, Delta brags that their flight attendants can now check an entire plane in less than sixty seconds. At least with the knowledge that Delta is using RFID, the next time those oxygen masks pop down, we can rest assured that the equipment is properly checked. Personally, I’ve never been on a plane when the masks have come down, but if I ever was, during my panicked screams of terror, I would know that at least I have oxygen, so thank you RFID & Delta.
Read the full article at rfidworld.ca.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Personally, riding through various rides at Disney World was the pinnacle of my childhood. The fact that children’s dreams really come true is exhilarating, even as a grown-up. Now, Disneyland has up and done it again by incorporating RFID into a new ride at their Hong Kong location. RFID will control all 32 vehicles that ride through Lord Henry’s “Mystic Manor” ride. Lord Henry’s mischievous companion Albert opens up a magical music box and…well I don’t want to give it away. Click the link and watch the video; it’s almost like you are there, too!
Watch the video at boingboing.net.
Toys brought to life
I read this article a couple of weeks ago, and on first glance, I had no clue what was going on in the story. Apparently, Skylanders are toys, and you fight with the toy’s digital form in a video game. I guess coming from a girl’s perspective, I just shook my head at the other guys in the office who enthusiastically explained the concept to me. On further inspection, along with the persuasive opinion of our mostly all male staff, this story has come to be my favorite by a fair margin. I grew up in the world of Tamagotchi and Pokemon, so RFID gaining strength in the toy industry makes me do a double take.
These Skylander toys are embedded with an RFID chip allowing a portal/reader connected to the video game console to uniquely identify the toy. Not only that, but the parts of each Skylander are interchangeable with other Skylanders. The RFID chips store unique information of each character’s basic strengths, weaknesses, and abilities. When the gaming console reads the chips, it knows how the character is going to react to the on-screen environment, not to mention these toys can actually be used as…well, toys! Instead of buying multiple video games along with 18 different plush characters, key chains, and action figures, the game and the characters interface with each other while still being able to be handled as a toy. Many adults out there just took a huge sigh of relief, probably because they just started to remember the cost, as well as return on investment, for the millions of Pokemon cards they bought. I won’t even begin to talk about Beanie Babies…
See the Skylanders at engadget.com.
Until Next time…