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This is a passive RFID technology that contains no metals; the tattoos themselves can be colored or invisible.
Readers should note that VeriChip tags for patients are FDA approved and VeriChip tags have been proposed for immigrants.
It could help identify friends or foes, prevent friendly fire, and help save soldiers' lives," he said. "It's a very scary proposition when you're dealing with humans, but with military personnel, we're talking about saving soldiers' lives and it may be something worthwhile.
Originally posted by an0maly33
so which is it? rfid or barcode?
rfid implies there's some sort of device that can respond with an identifier of some kind when pulsed with an electromagnetic charge. i find it highly unlikely that this could be accomplished with ink.
The process developed by Somark involves a geometric array of micro-needles and a reusable applicator with a one-time-use ink capsule. Pydynowski said it takes five to 10 seconds to "stamp or tattoo" an animal, and there is no need to remove the fur. The ink remains in the dermal layer, and a reader can detect it from 4 feet away.
Originally posted by Tom Bedlam
It's not capable of storing a lot of info because the marks are relatively large, they're shooting for something less than 100 bits...
Originally posted by elusivetruth
To the person who asked above, it is both, its an RFID tag in the form of a tattoo. The 'ink' is really a chemical mixture that act as a circuit, which is then tattooed into the skin.
I was thinking it was a bit different, in the form of a barcode, but its not.