Tuesday, June 26, 2007

“Psst! This is Your Earring Calling…”

RFID could make jewelry more secure

The Hitachi Research Labs in Japan have just come out with a Radio Frequency ID (RFID) chip as tiny as a grain of sand. Each chip stores a unique 38-digit number.

The so-called powder chip is so thin it can mix with paper pulp and be embedded in gift certificates, passports, and money.

And jewelers could embed it invisibly in necklaces and rings or any piece of jewelry.

This technology could make it harder to fence, swap or counterfeit jewelry.

Hitachi plans to bring the “radio dust” to market in 2009, and Wal-Mart may be one of the first retailers to host its debut.

So in the future your diamond ring may radiate more than beauty…it may also emit a code to an RFID reader, verifying its identity and location.


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