Gabe Cherry: Super cheap tags can make pur dumb stuff smarter

A new RFID-based technology could turn frying pans, pill bottles, yoga mats, coffee cups, and countless other nonelectronic objects into a network of Internet of Things sensors.

The system, called IDAct, bridges the gap between the estimated 14.2 billion “smart” electronic devices that are currently part of the Internet of Things and the hundreds of billions of everyday nonsmart objects left out of the picture.

The researchers say it’s a key step toward creating a truly immersive IoT experience.

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