Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on July 12th, 2002, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

A short but interesting article at Darwin about the possibilities – and drawbacks – to replacing the beloved barcode for a miniscule little chip embedded in each product we buy. Bye-Bye Bar Codes?

The Smart Tag concept is simple enough. The potential applications are staggering: Embed a reader in a delivery truck, and a manufacturer can know exactly where all of its products are, at any stage in the supply chain. Embed a reader in a store shelf, and the Oil of Olay bottles will announce when they’re out of stock—or perhaps when they’ve been swept off the shelf, en masse, by a shoplifter. Embed a reader at the store exit, and there’s no need to have a checkout clerk…

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