Do we actually have an example yet of a problem solved using RFID tags that wasn't dreamed up for that purpose?
Little electronic tags that broadcast data over the air turn up in the strangest of places. Now they've managed to end up sewn into the back of contestants' shorts in a TV version of childhood favourite, musical chairs. The programme is called Oh Sit! and made by US broadcaster CBS. It adds live music and an obstacle course to …
Er, no. They're full-grown adults, but they do behave like children when they're playing the game, especially as pushing is allowed in certain cirumstances to beat the opponents to the chairs.
It's a bit like Wipeout - you've seen one show you've seen them all, really there are only minor differences between one show and the others; different contestants (though that's not saying much, they all behave the same in the end) and slightly different obstacles for the contestants to climb over/under/round.
And unfortunately I'm sure that show will come to Germany, where it'll be produced by utter idiots. Contestants will be type C and D celebrities and it'll be terrible. But since commercial stations have virtually no competition (public TV is mostly censored on cable, for example) it'll be "successful".
Anyhow, wasn't one of the ideas behind RFID to track every-a*se's movements?
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