RFID reader cameras now installed on the A4 road near Richmond, London. These are anticipation of the new DVLA approved eLicense plates that are to be fitted to cars in the UK. Will allow multiple cars to be read remote at 'distance'. Thanks.
An RFID chip is now in UK passports. Able to be picked up by readers around airports (or wherever) without line-of-sight, the chip is activated from its dormant stage upon signal, i.e. remote power start up to track our movements continually. Uh-oh!
Spotted in an average local convenience store in suburban England, the latest craze for gleaning bio-metric data is to fingerprint youths so they can prove their age in order to buy alcohol and tobacco. You thought booze tax was stealth...
At a Stockholm conference the reception desk was an interactive touch screen. Finally technology let my fingers do the walking and made investigating info or contacting others a doddle. Shame there was no Swedish massage option.
Moving walkaways in airports used to be hi-tech. But in Geneva these you can be entertained by sequenced messaging across a range of displays as you walk past them.They work together with the timed precision of a Swiss watch.
In a country pretty late to take on the Internet revolution - and where the early adopters are socially dominated by instant messaging - one national newspapers tries to spark interest by showing how many web viewers are reading their news site today.
Ask anyone and people will generally say 'I hate advertising.' But standing waiting for a tube train, what else you going to do - read a poster - or watch a short little silent movie? The people are entranced by the moving images, but I guess it has no effect...?
Was enjoying a Tsingtao beer overlooking Huangpu river in Shanghai and thinking how both the the changing electronic walls of the skyscrapers and the floating signage was like a scene from 'Blade Runner'. Seems science fact is Chinese.
In a fast paced society, travel the city in the back of a cab and catch up on the news on TV with clickable ads. Monitor your position with real-time updates to the map via GPS, and when you leave, wave-and-pay via your RFID credit card. Phew!
In a Starbucks in San Francisco, the album playing in the background is also available to buy. Pick up a card, pay at the till and get an access code to download the album to your iPhone via the free wi-fi whilst you wait for the caffeine to kick in.
In a gas station in middle America, I watched a guy pay his utility bill at a touch screen kiosk. Convenience or a moment of insanity, when you go to fuel your vehicle and suddenly remember your heating at home is about to be cut off...
Walking down Broadway late one evening, and this guy happened to be pulled up on the roadside complete with 80's soft rock playing distortedly. I am guessing he fancies himself as an effeminate Jack Bauer working around the clock. Only in America...
Running late for a plane in Hamburg, I checked in online via my iPhone in the taxi. A boarding pass with a QR code was sent to me, and I walked right through security and onto the plane merely allowing my iPhone to be scanned.
Browsing electronics stores in Shinjuku, Tokyo I was amazed not just by every mobile capable of receiving live broadcast TV, but the clam shell design being so popular. Fold back and there's an in-built stand! Perfect for 'bored' meetings.