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RFID is getting under Nick's skin...

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What happens when people do bad things with good tech?

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Can biometric data help shed light on panic and anxiety?

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Find out how and why we're modeling our products in 3D... and how you can help!

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Build your own Vacuum Molding machine and start making plastic parts in your home shop!

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Turn your week around with some revolutionary new products.

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It's time to brighten your day with a glowing line-up of new products.

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Getting People to do your job for you (badly) with some chocolate and a pcDuino!

Building the HUB-ee Buggy

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Let's build the HUB-ee Buggy: A simple robot based on the HUB-ee wheel system!

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The Uncertain 7-Cube

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The Uncertain 7-Cube is a non-committal, less-than-helpful, but also entirely honest fortune teller. Simply ask it a yes or no question, give it a nudge, and the 7-Cube will dutifully inform you that it doesn’t have all the facts and doesn’t feel comfortable making a guess.
  • Casey, your true talent is wasted on the Aerospace industry.

  • I was just having this discussion with someone here. I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like that in the works very soon.

  • I didn’t even consider livestreaming tech but you’re totally right about that

  • Thanks! This is exactly my intention!

  • [disclaimer: I’m not an RF engineer… I’m not an electrical engineer… I’m not an engineer]

    Not a bad point, but as you’re likely aware, harmonic radar systems work on a very different principle from RFID. You may be able to detect a passive RFID tag with a NLJD (I’m not sure about this), but you wouldn’t be able to resolve them from eachother, because they wouldn’t be working as intended. A harmonic radar detector doesn’t have any way of measuring the inductive load of the target and therefor can’t resolve the ID number. If you could detect passive RF tags with radar, they’d all look identical (same reflected RF frequency for a given incident frequency). Combine that with the fact that most environments that you might want to track people in are packed with non-linear junctions and dissimilar metal junctions, I would think that locating and identifying any number of human targets with harmonic radar would be very nearly impossible. And that’s, again, assuming that the human subjects have harmonic radar targets and not passive RFID tags.

    I don’t like to generalize (that’s why I used the word “most,” not all) and for all I know, someone will be tracking passive tags at a distance at next year’s DEFCON… but so far the closest thing I’ve found is this pretty brilliant Blackhat talk on the subject.

  • I hear your concern.

    Blog Posts here at SparkFun are attributed to their respective authors with the understanding that the opinions therein are those of the author, not of the company. That being said, content on the SparkFun blog is meant to fairly represent some sector of the maker community and many of our customers are body hackers like myself.

    As for the specific opinions cited above, I would be surprised and dismayed to find that SparkFun was willing to humor the kind of credulity and paranoia that work like Katherine Albrecht’s represents. But I would never ask them to ‘stand behind’ my rhetoric. It isn’t the company’s business to have an opinion in that regard. I do feel, however, that the “anti-vax movement” is a safe punching bag in educated circles and with key employees being strong and vocal proponents of vaccination, I felt assured that SparkFun would not feel misrepresented by my opinion on the subject.

    SparkFun Electronics maintains a fairly eclectic blog with a general theme of making and engineering. We’ve covered subject matter from chemistry to space travel. I think this philosophy is well summed up by this post in particular.

    While you may have found this disturbing, for many people it was probably a breath of fresh air and an affirmation of their hobby and interests. I remember the way I felt the first time I read about Dr. Warwick or saw a talk given by the artist Neil Harbisson, and it’s exactly the same feeling I had when I first programmed an ATtiny or made my first decent lathe turning. These are all facets of making and exploring. I tried to write about this responsibly (given the subject) and I don’t believe that I unfairly attacked any ideologies that haven’t been historically antagonistic.

    My dig at “The Mark of the Beast” isn’t intended as a dig at the Abrahamic traditions in general, just at a particularly vocal breed of eschatologist where their involvement in technology is concerned.

    Thanks for sharing, opinions like yours will help us shape our content :)

  • I’ve formatted your comment so that it’s easier to read, please review it to ensure that I haven’t altered it in any way to misrepresent your opinion. Thanks.

  • Sorry it took so long to get to your question. Yep! - I have a tool on my phone that makes it easy to add and remove entries to the tag just by scanning it. I forget how many write cycles it’s rated for but probably more than I’ll manage to put on it :)

  • Thanks!!

  • it appears my original comments I made about this have been removed.

    Checking on my end, the only hidden comments in the system are spam messages.


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