The iPad and RFID Are Joining the Mile High Club
Everyone is in such a hurry to get the latest and greatest in Apple products- the iPad 2. So what can you do with your archaic, decrepit iPad that you’re embarrassed to bring around with you because people will think you’re lame?
Well for one, you could use it as a really expensive coaster. Or, you can use it as a pricey storage device. You may even be able to disguise as the newer iPad. You can also sell it for close to nothing because it is no longer a hot commodity being that everyone wants the newer version that even Apple has lowered the price. Don’t feel bad out-of-date iPad users, I am just kidding. There is actually a cool RFID-infused idea that the Airline, Jetstar, has come out with for iPad first generation users- it will be used for in-flight entertainment.
Instead of having to use your own iPad, they will give every passenger on the flight an iPad to use that comes with a case equipped with an RFID tag to ensure that no iPad can or will be stolen. The RFID tag tracks every single iPad and knows which passenger is using them according to seat location. The iPads come preloaded with music, music videos, TV shows and movies, so I am assuming that the RFID tags could probably also let Jetstar know what the passengers are watching and use that to sell to marketers. We still don’t know whether or not there is going to be a fee for using these iPads, but rumor has it that there will be a $10 charge.
The idea is definitely creative and innovative, and I especially like the way they are implementing the use of RFID technology (I know, don’t be shocked.) This is also a great way for anti-ipad-users to get a taste of what the flat-screen computer is like during their flight and perhaps they may change their minds and go out and buy one for themselves. Maybe they will even buy your old out-dated iPad so that you can go out and buy a new one.