A team from the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) has invented an RFID- and NFC-based system capable of tracking personal belongings, according to gulfnews.com.
The system, dubbed iPurse, tracks RFID-tagged items placed by the user in a bag or purse and alerts them when any item is missing or has been removed. Users can tag virtually any of their personal belongings including car keys, laptop, wallet or even lipstick.
“RFID is a very common thing but what’s unique about this project is that it’s more consumer-based and it’s an intelligent purse,” said Dr Mohammad Watfa, assistant professor in UOWD’s department of computer science, who built the iPurse with his students Manprabhjot Kaur and Rashida Daruwala.
The team also developed an online calendar that can be used in conjunction with Gmail or Hotmail, to program activities and the things needed for such events. Also, if the user’s calendar is connected to the local weather center, iPurse will send a reminder to bring a scarf or umbrella, should the forecast call for said items.
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