Keurig Coffee Makers Use RFID to Brew the Perfect Cup

The new Keurig Office coffee maker, the Vue 1200, has a built in RFID reader to determine the type of coffee being brewed and adjusts the settings to match the “built-in” recipe by using the best temperature, airflow and timing for each cup.

Keurig’s latest single cup brewer keeps office workers in mind, providing them with a coffee brewer that that recognizes single beverage packets and brews accordingly. Using RFID technology, the Vue 1200 recognizes the type of packet being put into it (coffee, tea or cocoa) and adjusts its brew settings to match the beverage being served.

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Contest to Create a More Colorful Barcode Scanner, publisher of The Bar Code News has introduced a contest to inspire innovation in the data capture industry. In attempt to introduce a more colorful alternative to barcode scanners available in endless shades of grey, has opened up a competition to design a more functional and aesthetically pleasing scanner.

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Innovative RFID Applications

In an earlier post, we mentioned the use of RFID wristbands in hospitals and for children in amusement parks, but this latest addition shows the use of RFID wristbands in the entertainment industry and many other potential applications.

Using RFID gives you and your company immediate visibility to information that can help your business flourish. By setting up RFID portals and equipping workers with RFID readers, you can keep track of inventory as it moves around, into and out of your facility, keep immediate track of sales, improved and automated data collection, immediate breakdown of each point’s efficiency and more.

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Motorola Acquires Psion in Cash Offer

On June 15, 2012 Motorola announced that it recently acquired Psion Plc. in a cash offer which will be fully completed during the fourth quarter of 2012. Under these new terms, Psion will join the Motorola Solutions portfolio as part of their mobile computing products, services and solutions.

Until the agreement is completed, Motorola and Psion will continue to operate as two separate companies, and once Psion has fully joined Motorola, every effort to maintain its “core DNA” will be made.

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The Benefits of Traceability

When one thinks of traceability, the first thing that comes to mind is often produce traceability. However, traceability isn’t just for the produce and agriculture industries – it can be implemented into many other fields including electronics, meat & dairy, toys and so much more.

There are a number of reasons to implement traceability and transparency in your business and your product lines regardless of industry or product type. Here are just a few.

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Code d’Urgence: France Develops QR Codes that Could Save Lives

A company in Le Mans, France (in the 72nd département, Sarthe) recently developed a QR code that could save lives, the Code D’Urgence. These QR codes securely store one’s medical history and emergency contact information so that in the case of an emergency, medical professionals have instant access to the information they need.

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There’s No Reason to Dread Upgrading Your Data System and Equipment

Making the decision to upgrade your data management system isn’t always fun or easy, so we’d like to help you through the decision-making process and give you the tools to decide whether you REALLY need to upgrade or not. Repair and maintenance contracts are sometimes an affordable alternative to making that big step, but can upgrading your equipment save you money in the long run?

Click here to find out more about upgrading your data collection equipment.Think of your data collections system as a car – is it costing you more to get it repaired (and causing you inconvenience due to downtime) than it would be to just go out and get a new one? Does your wireless data collection hardware still perform its required tasks?  Before making any decisions on whether or not to upgrade your data system ask yourself these questions:

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France Becomes a Pioneer in the Development of Cost-Effective RFID Technology

France has become a pioneer in the development of cost-effective RFID technology thanks to Camille Ramade and her colleagues at the University of Montpellier.

Camille Ramade and colleagues have developed an innovative RFID depositing process that could reduce the cost of RFID technology by up to 80%.

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Toshiba’s New Scanner

At first glance, this new development in scanning technology seems to eliminate the need for barcode and RFID, but is the new Toshiba scanner really the end of barcodes?

By using food recognition technology, the new Toshiba scanners cut down time in a checkout line by eliminating manual food code entry. The scanners recognize food by pattern and color, and they are particularly useful for produce. Fruits and vegetables are not typically barcoded at the item level, and so, employees have to add the items by entering codes. If the employee does not have all the codes memorized (which can be quite the extensive list), this can be cumbersome and timely. The new Toshiba scanners were created to resolve these issues by eliminating the code entry process and cut down on delays as a result.

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Understanding RFID

RFID tags, simply put, are intelligent barcodes that allow the tracking and management of an item.  RFID tags have existed since the 1970s, but because of their relatively high cost, have only recently become a popular and viable replacement for the more “traditional” barcode.  

Historic Uses of RFID Tags

RFID tags were originally used to track high-value or large items like livestock, railroad cars, or airline luggage when transported over a long distance. RFID tags, at that time, were a complex system of metal coils, antennas and glass called an “inductively coupled RFID tag.”

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