How many of you out there have received shipments where the box that was 4 inches think is now the thickness of a credit card with a size 13 boot mark across it? A British company, Cambridge Consultants
, may have developed a device that will make your delivery company employee think twice before trying to score that extra point with your new iPad. The device is a Bluetooth-based RFID sensor tag that identifies when a package has been dropped or whatever fate it may have been dealt. The chip will allow someone with a smartphone to read the status of the tag, and hence the package.
This application is especially useful for companies who have to ship very fragile components or finished goods that need to arrive at the customer intact. The price of the RFID
tag, which is estimated to be around $3 will preclude it from being used on every package that is carried by a major carrier, but is the right price that it could be used with items that must arrived intact. If the tag can be used multiple times, then this could reduce the cost and expand its use to other packages, such as that new iPad you are expecting.
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