RFID for the Elderly
RFID Assisted Care. A lot of us have aging parents, and some of us are aging daily ourselves. While we will reach a time when infirmities catch up to us, still, each of us wants to maintain our independence until the last possible moment. Sometimes, folks can become injured or even die because an accident happens while no one else is around. Intel showed us a solution for this problem: an RFID system that would monitor personal activities at a granular level. The RFID tags are place in household items like glasses, gloves, plates, and utensils and then a system located in the home monitors and reports use. If the system senses that things are not being used properly or that things are suddenly not being used at all, it would alert the care giver that a problem is likelyand the care giver is more likely to respond in time to an emerging or actual problem.There were other RFID activities demonstrated that I dont have room to discuss here. But it is clear Intel will be moving into the RFID market with a vengeance. On the whole, the event promised a future filled with new classes of devices that dynamically interoperate to create solutions on the fly, applications that are becoming more intelligent (and more performance hungry) and systems that will become much more aware of our world. The combination suggests a level of automation that we dont yet fully understand, bringing some social implications, particularly with regard to privacy, that we might not now accept. The event also indicates that the technology industry is recovering, because it once again is looking to the future and trying to change it. Technology companies are no longer living from income statement to income statement and that, my friends, is probably the best news of the day. Rob Enderle is the principal analyst for the Enderle Group, a company specializing in emerging personal technology. Full disclosure: One of Enderles clients is Microsoft as well as Advanced Micro Devices, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Transmeta, VIA and Vulcan. In addition, Enderle sits on advisory councils for AMD, ClearCube, Comdex, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and TCG. Check out eWEEKs Desktop & Notebook Center at http://desktop.eweek.com for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.