All things could be part of the Internet of Things with new RFID system

By | April 15, 2019
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RFID readers mounted to the ceiling gather data from IDAct stickers in the room. (Photo provided by the research team.)

U-M researchers say a new RFID-based technology they’ve helped develop is key step toward creating a truly immersive IoT experience. 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 non-smart objects left out of the picture.

The technology could also have applications in elder care, where it could be used to unobtrusively monitor medications and daily activities, helping seniors stay independent longer without the need for expensive and invasive live-in care.

“Imagine a world where your pill bottle keeps track of your medication intake and a water glass monitors your hydration level,” said Alanson Sample, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science who was part of the research team. “Even your yoga mat is aware of your exercises and could adjust lighting, temperature, and background music accordingly.”