Ravikanth Pappu is developing inexpensive plastic tokens that can be used to authenticate items. When combined with RFID tags, they could make it nearly impossible to sell forged goods.
Blackstone Technology says its reel-to reel process is 10 times faster than conventional machines.
Prof. Ted Selker and his Context Aware Computing Group at MIT are using RFID to power sensors, transmitters and other microelectronic devices.
Manufacturers are designing low-cost smart sensors into everything from washing machines to cars.
Researchers at Infineon have found a way to create microchips on common packaging materials. One day, chips may be printed with commercial processes for less than a penny.
The Smart Active Label Consortium hopes to create awareness of and standards for smart labels with thin-film batteries.
Power Paper plans to design battery-powered labels for specific applications.
Cymbet has unveiled a flexible, thin-film, rechargeable battery that could transform active RFID technology.
The space agency showed how it can spray a thin film of metal on any object to create RF antennas and electronic circuits.
Flying Null has unveiled a new magnetic tag that could help reduce counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products.