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Lab Rat: Here Comes An RFID-Scanner Phone

Japan's KDDI Corp. is secretly working to build RFID readers into mobile phones -- and have already developed two prototypes, according to unnamed rodents inside KDDI Labs.

Japan's KDDI Corp. is secretly working to build RFID readers into mobile phones -- and have already developed two prototypes, according to unnamed rodents inside KDDI Labs.

One of the prototypes they built can read RFID chips at short range -- just a few inches -- which can be used in the same way bar codes are used (like getting the distribution history of a package of cheese, for example).

The other prototype is relatively long range -- up to 10 meters away. These could be used by consumers to wirelessly grab "coupons" or any of a wide variety of other uses.

KDDI wants to develop the system and make its money by selling service based on the technology to businesses and consumers.

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