posted on Aug, 13 2005 @ 03:58 AM
The smaller the chip gets does not mean the harder they are to read, especially considering the advances of the technology we have today.
We have artificial intelligence and nanotechnology.
Just as an example, ever hear or read about "smart dust"?
A quote, "This device will be around the size of a grain of sand and will contain sensors, computational ability, bi-directional wireless
communications, and a power supply, while being inexpensive enough to deploy by the hundreds."
"The tags have a feature that enables the retailer to disable the chip once a product has been purchased. This destroy command deactivates the chip
and erases data stored on it thereby granting the privacy of the buyer.
The "self-destruct" command can be used at the discretion of the retailer and depends on the set-up of the project. Benetton has not said whether it
will disable the tags at the point of sale."
Only one retailer mentioned in the above quote, but who's to say what the "set-up of the project" actually is or could be? Some people might say
that well in order for clothing industry to accomodate the latest trends or bring to us what we really like, they need to know certain aspects about
their consumers. Much like a survey or opinion polls, this at a higher level.
Now please don't think I'm againest the RFID idea of being able to track the store merchandise at warehouses, in transit, and in the store itself.
I'm just not into the idea of them being sewn into the clothing, there is abosolutely NO REASON for it. Survey/poll/project or not. Not at my
expense. They could place the RFID tags on the price tag or the garment brand label next to the price.(much like some stores already do)