I also have to say...the gun application may be the best. I had a buddy over and he just grabbed my gun and started waving it around.......scared me to death, it would have been nice to know that it couldn't fire. I don't have kids, but to know that your kids couldn't play with your guns would be the best thing ever invented as so many accidents happen.
I really like the machinery application. It would be nice(being an ex-machinist) to go to lunch and know that no one can mess with your machine while you are away...that would be nice. Also for the saftey, but more for that reason...we had a supervisor that liked to play with our programs while we went to lunch...we had a name for him I can't say here...lol I see benefits, I also see negatives. Depends on the usage.
What happens if you lose it, or someone takes it from you? They have access to your house, your car, whatever. I don't know if I am comfortable with that idea. The movies where they have to cut off your finger for the print, not anymore, just steal the ring.
Nadine certainly has made a valid point, which I would add to. Are we all ready to give up a huge aqmoujnt of our privacy so that marketers can target us each with what they think we want? That is described in glowing terms as one big benefit of this technology.
About making the medical data available to emergency responders, and any hackers interested enough to check. A system that did that fairly well was used in both world wars, it was called "dog tags", and that unique serial number would link back to a data base. The same could be used today, with a barcode tag and an electronic rader. Not quite new technology, but fully developed and proven, available off the shelf.
What we have with the NFC is an invenion desparatly seeking to findmitself an application so that the sellers can profit. BUT considering the loss of privacy involved, do we really want this monster out of the box?
This is already under study by handgun manufacturers to use as a safety device. Only the ring wearer would be authorized to fire a gun, since the ring would have to come into contact with the grip or trigger to release the safety and fire the weapon. Therefore, unauthorized use, such as by children in the home, would be virtually impossible.
Here's another possible application - Wearable NFC devices can be used as a safety interlock to ensure that machinery can only be operated by authorized personnel. A machine can be programmed to shut off as soon as the authorized operators' tag stops responding to interrogation.
There is an app called Classdroid that is used to take pics of kids "analogue work", using NFC would be a simple way to identify the pupil so the teacher doesn't have to pick them from a list of pupil names (30+)
So to answer your question, it's not just for ebooks.
We talk about personal security here I think this should answer your questions, let me know if not.
Nicely done. I'm sorry I missed your kickstarter campaign. It's much more stylish than most wearable technology on the market.
There's a paragraph that I need clarified:
Teachers managing oversize classes will find the challenge a little easier when they use NFC apps to scan textbooks and track their students' progress. In any situation that benefits when data is stored and shared both easily and efficiently, NFC is a fit. For that reason, there's little in the way of hackers looking to get started with NFC design.
I assume this is only for e-books. Is that correct? If there's "little in the way of hackers" that's great for customization but how is personal security addressed?
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