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NFL teams up with Zebra Technologies for real-time player stats

07/31, 4:22pm

RFID sensors added to shoulder pads allow position, speed tracking in 17 stadiums

The National Football League (NFL) is embracing additional technology in the upcoming season, with a deal that allows real-time player statistics reporting. The data, which is being called "Next Gen Stats," is made possible by an agreement with Zebra Technologies. Through the Zebra MotionWorks system, fans, players and coaches will have future access to data generated from location measurements during play.

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Briefly: ScottEVest's RFID Vest, Google Play Service 5.0 released

07/03, 11:28pm

New Radio-Frequency Identification blocking vest launched

ScottEVest, a developer of tech-enabled clothing, has launched a new series of products that aim to protect wearers from others exploiting weaknesses in cell phones, credit cards and passports. The Radio-Frequency Identification Blocking Vest features pockets lined with RFID-blocking materials, so that vulnerable objects can be carried securely. ScottEVest's travel vest is its flagship product, with a "men's" style offering 26 pockets and "women's styles" 18 pockets.

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Das Keyboard deploys line of RFID-blocking computer bags

08/01, 5:58pm

New bags driven by need for RFID block in dense urban environments

Computer accessory maker Das Keyboard has announced its expansion into a new product category with the launch of highly-secure, radio frequency identification (RFID) blocking bags. Known as Das Keyboard HackShield bags, the company’s new backpack and messenger bags provide a new level of protection against physical and digital intrusion for users on-the-go.

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RFID pioneer Charlie Walton dies at 89

11/29, 9:05pm

Inventor received first RFID patent in 1973

Charlie Walton, an inventor who pioneered RFID technology, has reportedly passed away at the age of 89. Walton had worked to develop RFID technology for several decades, receiving his first patent related to the wireless technology in 1973. He eventually amassed more than 50 patents, bringing in royalties to his Sunnyvale, California-based company Proximity Devices.

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Rumor: 4th-gen iPhone to be equipped with RFID reader

11/05, 8:45pm

Tech could help handset sync wirelessly

Apple is allegedly working on several iPhone prototypes that integrate RFID readers, according to Near Field Communications World. The report originated from a "highly reliable source" who contacted Einar Rosenberg, the CTO of Narian Technologies. Although Apple has submitted for several patents involving iPhone RFID, the report claims the technology is likely to be utilized in the next-generation handset.

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Apple aims for patents on iPhone RFID, haptics

07/02, 11:35am

iPhone RFID, haptics

A variety of Apple patent applications have been newly published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, exposing possibilities the company has been considering for the iPhone and iPod touch. Unusual filings include one for an RFID tag reader, which would be embedded within a handheld's touchscreen, allowing users to scan an RFID tag simply by passing the device over top. An iPod or iPhone could alternately be made to operate as a tag itself, quickly transmitting information such as personal identification.

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