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09/06/2003 Archived Entry: "chips and bullets"

GUN OWNERS LOOK OUT. Just this week two companies, Hitachi and NEC, introduced RFID chips that are about the size of the period in this sentence. Like all RFID tags, they're capable of broadcasting their "unique identifying number" to scanners. And the first thing out of the manufacturers' mouths?

FEC (M) Sdn. Bhd. chief executive Kunioki Ichioka told reporters that the chip can also be inserted into the human body, animals, bullets, credit cards and other items for verification purposes ...

Hmmph. Can you micro-zap an RFID chip that's in embedded in lead?

(Contrary to the hype in the cited article, the chip made by FEC isn't the world's smallest. Hitachi's is about 20 percent smaller.)

Posted by Claire @ 08:57 AM CST

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