can a Droid be used as a RFID?

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  1. justicw

    justicw Member

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    Can it scan/transmit RFID's??? A co-worker and I both have droids and was wondering if it could work. I think the droid has the capability of doing RFID but not sure.
     
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    This concept has been looked at, but hasn't extensively been worked on.

    The thing about RFID is that the actual reader powers the card to read what's on it.
     
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    What leads you to that line of thought?
     
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    The Droid uses wireless signals, so does the RFID. It's understandable to assume that.
     
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    Yes. 1) using a SIM card enabled with an RFID standard like DASH7 (Home | dash7.org)
    2) a SD Card enabled with the same.
    3) co-existing with NFC's silicon.

    These options will be available in the first half of 2010 for multiple smartphones, but so far there is no current support for active RFID directly in an Android handset.
     
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    Do you think we'll be able to use our existing Droid handsets with this technique?
     
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    Sure. Someone needs to build an app to help present the data in a useful way, but otherwise existing input options will suffice. Eventually Android, like iPhone, will become a mechanism for acquiring lots of sensor and location data and the issue of the UI will become paramount. If you are planning on developing an app for RFID, or sensor networks in particular, let me know as I may be able to help generate customers.
     
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    Very nice....Can't think of anything I would use RFID for....
     
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    supposedly the goverment is putting rf id tags in passports, driver licences, store are starting to use them. wouldnt you like to know if there is one around you.
     
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    I can tell you the New Passports do have them...Why would I care of they are around?
     
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    Maybe YOU wouldn't care, but let's see, I can think of many circumstances in many countries where I would not want to be readily connected as being from a foreign land, especially specific foreign lands. This is really the underlying idiocy of the new passports: To save a few seconds of time at entry, our state department has adopted an approach of announcing to anyone with less than $100 of equipment that you are an American.
     
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    I carry 6 different RFID cards, and 1 RFID key fob on a daily basis. It would be great to get those bulky cards out of my card holder, I dont ever see it happening, solely from a security standpoint. 2 of my cards are for government clearance, and the other 4 are to get into secure loading areas. The key fob of for the rifle club indoor range I belong to. Dealing with security issues post 9/11, I can see the logistical nightmare of verifying who is who in secure areas. Not to mention, the government cant keep track of their laptops, how are they not going to lose cell phones?
    Its a great idea, but I dont think it will work.
     
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