Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter
markgritter

Silly Startup Idea: RFID-controlled Batteries

Problem: Kids have a lot of battery-operated toys these days. Often the toys don't come with an "off" switch, or with one that is hard to find and operate.

Solution: Build batteries that incorporate a switch, operated via RFID. This would slightly decrease the battery's capacity but only one such battery is needed per toy. In the simplest model, the battery responds to "on" and "off" signals from a handheld device. A more sophisticated version might incorporate a select-by-ID feature (swipe the handheld to read the tag, then it appears in a menu of choices) or incorporate sensor technology to report on battery life. Future development could include batteries that recharge via induction so that there's no need to take them out of the toy as often.
Tags: geek, rfid, startup
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