By 2014, All Of Your Clothes Will Be Tagged With RFID Microchips

Great find from Annalee Newitz of io9.com:

You’ve probably already bought clothing with computer chips in it. You know those big white tags that you’re supposed to cut out of the garment once you’ve bought it? Hold one up to the light — if you see a very obvious pattern in it like the one [here], then it’s got an RFID tag in it. Now tech market research group ABI Research has released a new paper showing that three times as many clothing items will be tagged with RFIDs by the year 2014.

RFID tags, sometimes called “smart tags,” hold a small amount of data and contain an antenna (that’s the curly shape you see) that allows RFID reading devices to read at that data remotely. A reader can be a handheld device that people wave over the tag at the checkout counter, or a device hidden in a doorway that checks the tags on your clothing as you walk down the street.

According to a release about the ABI Research brief:

Previously limited to a small number of large-volume pilot tests, adoption of item-level RFID is beginning to permeate throughout the apparel sector and is increasingly evolving into full-scale implementations. According to Liard, “While installations at Marks and Spencer in the UK, American Apparel in the US, and Charles Vögele in Switzerland remain the largest contributors to market growth, scores of companies are now in various stages of implementation. RFID in fashion apparel is undoubtedly here and now.”

Just remember, kids, all your American Apparel clothes contain antennae that broadcast information about you. And in 5 years, three times more “apparel items” will be likewise tagged. Neat, right? Let the zombie infestation begin!

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  • Anon

    You know, I'm all for the fight against RFID and have been for years … but what you said here, “Just remember, kids, all your American Apparel clothes contain antennae that broadcast information about you.” … what information is being transmitted about ME “personally” … nothing, except the clothing I am waring which no one would have any interest in because they can see it with their own eyes.
    This is simple inventory RFID …. which can be easily taken out if your that freaked out about it.

  • Anonymous

    pure FUD. Nowhere does it say it’s IN the apparel. Probably merely in tags which are quite removable. And do you really think they’ll last through one wash?

  • lakelady

    pure FUD. Nowhere does it say it's IN the apparel. Probably merely in tags which are quite removable. And do you really think they'll last through one wash?

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  • http://www.rfidtrackingsystem.org RFID Tracking

    why would they want to put RFID into our clothes in the first place?

  • http://www.rfidtrackingsystem.org RFID Tracking

    why would they want to put RFID into our clothes in the first place?

  • gemmarama

    shit, there goes my shoplifting career… ;-)

  • gemmarama

    shit, there goes my shoplifting career… ;-)

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