New HP wireless chip is so small, you’ll never be able to find it
By Dan Moren, Macworld
The problem with those RFID tags is that they’re just too darn
. HP wants you to think small.
Grain of rice
small. Their new Memory Spot chip is teeny tiny eensy-weensy (that would be the metric system measurement), but still manages to pack between 256 kilobits and 4 megabits of information, and transfer speeds up to 10Mbps. Which means you should be able to transfer all the information on the chip in less than half a second.
Though the chip’s purposes are similar to RFID, they require much closer proximity in order to be read or written to, but their small size means they could be easily attached to paper.
Easily attached to paper. There’s no way
could go wrong. Let me just shuffle my Memory Spot-enabled medical records in with this pile of documents and—whoops! Where’d it go? Now your files could be in anyone’s hands. Or perhaps the janitor’s dustbin. The possibilities are endlessly disturbing.
I’m looking forward to camouflaging
Memory Spot in a bowl full of rice. By the way, how much would you likek to be the guy who set
picture up. “No, no, that pencil on the left is
3 microns off
.” I’ll rank it seventh on the list of “jobs I’m glad I don’t have.”