Home Internet of Things Aerospace Apparel Energy Defense Health Care Logistics Manufacturing Retail

Access This Premium Content

Options To Access This Article:

What Subscribers Are Saying

  • "Probably the best investment I've ever made."
    Steve Meizlish, President & CEO, MeizCorp Services, Inc.
  • "I have found that RFID Journal provides an objective viewpoint of RFID. It you are looking for a resource that provides insights as to the application and implications of deploying RFID, RFID Journal will meet your needs, It gives you a broad perspective of RFID, beyond the retail supply chain."
    Mike O'Shea, Director of Corporate AutoID/RFID Strategies & Technologies, Kimberly-Clark Corp.
  • "No other source provides the consistent value-added insight that Mark Robert and his staff do. In a world dominated by press release after press release, RFID Journal is developing as the one place to go to make the most sense out of the present and future of RFID in commerce."
    Bob Hurley, Project Leader for RFID, Bayer HealthCare's Consumer Care Division
  • "RFID Journal is the one go-to source for information on the latest in RFID technology."
    Bruce Keim, Director, Hewlett-Packard
  • "RFID Journal is the only source I need to keep up to the minute with the happenings in the RFID world."
    Blair Hawley, VP of Supply Chain, Remington Products Company

Kinect Gives RFID Another Pair of Eyes

Complementary technologies could boost confidence in RFID visibility solutions.
By Mark Roberti
Feb 19, 2013—Increasingly, apparel retailers are adopting radio frequency identification technology, which provides visibility into the location of movable assets, to monitor items moving from the back room to the sales floor and on store shelves. Studies show RFID improves inventory accuracy and is less labor-intensive than tracking items manually with bar codes. Yet, some retailers are reluctant to use RFID because it is automatic. They often ask, "If I read items on a shelf, how do I know I got everything?" With bar codes, retailers feel, "If I scan it, I see it."

The University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center may have the solution: combining RFID with vision technology. In a demonstration set up in the center's lab, researchers used Kinect—the Webcam-like device that allows players to interact with Xbox 360 games—to capture images of items, while reading tags with an ultrahigh-frequency reader under the table. The system could enable retailers to see if items are actually where RFID says they are. Having two sources of data-capture information will give retailers and other end users confidence that RFID systems are accurate, says Justin Patton, the center's director.

Researchers at the RFID Research Center demonstrate how an RFID reader (under the table) and a Kinect camera can track retail items. From left: Harry Scott (assistant), Senthilkumar CP (technical director) and Justin Patton (director).

"Harry Scott, a student working in the lab, saw us identifying items with RFID and said he could do that with a Kinect device," Patton says. To demonstrate how it would work, Scott put a soda can and several other items on a table. The Kinect camera scanned the items and matched their characteristics to those of items stored in a database, to determine what the items were (currently, it works with roughly 10 items).

"The demo allows the user to define an area of interest, and then identify items in it by analyzing their size, shape and color," Patton says. The researchers plan to add optical character recognition for even greater accuracy. "You can now get a camera that can deliver pretty high-quality video and infrared range and create a point cloud of a 3-D environment for $100 or so," Scott adds.
To continue reading this article, please log in or choose a purchase option.

Option 1: Become a Premium Member.

One-year subscription, unlimited access to Premium Content: $189

Gain access to all of our premium content and receive 10% off RFID Reports and RFID Events!

Option 2: Purchase access to this specific article.

This article contains 597 words and 2 pages. Purchase Price: $19.99

Upgrade now, and you'll get immediate access to:

  • Case Studies

    Our in-dept case-study articles show you, step by step, how early adopters assessed the business case for an application, piloted it and rolled out the technology.

    Free Sample: How Cognizant Cut Costs by Deploying RFID to Track IT Assets

  • Best Practices

    The best way to avoid pitfalls is to know what best practices early adopters have already established. Our best practices have helped hundreds of companies do just that.

  • How-To Articles

    Don’t waste time trying to figure out how to RFID-enable a forklift, or deciding whether to use fixed or mobile readers. Our how-to articles provide practical advice and reliable answers to many implementation questions.

  • Features

    These informative articles focus on adoption issues, standards and other important trends in the RFID industry.

    Free Sample: Europe Is Rolling Out RFID

  • Magazine Articles

    All RFID Journal Premium Subscribers receive our bimonthly RFID Journal print magazine at no extra cost, and also have access to the complete online archive of magazine articles from past years.

Become a member today!

RFID Journal LIVE! RFID in Health Care LIVE! LatAm LIVE! Brasil LIVE! Europe RFID Connect Virtual Events RFID Journal Awards Webinars Presentations
© Copyright 2002-2016 RFID Journal LLC.
Powered By: Haycco