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Using embedded clothing RFID tags to identify persons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000179087D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Feb-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Feb-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The core of this invention is to define each users physical profile on a central computer and then have sensors in the house read rfid tags embedded in clothing (or clothing tags) that are moving throughout the house. The clothing sizes on the RFID tags are matched to the users physical profile, and the users personalized room settings are applied.

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Using embedded clothing RFID tags to identify persons

Today there are various mechanism to identify users within a contained environment. For a dated example in a home, Bill Gates' smart home required each person in the home to wear a radio tag which identifies them and then customizes the environment (temperature, music, pictures, etc) based on their preferences. The difficulty with that system was remembering to have the radio tag with you and that it is cumbersome to have to wear an id tag in your own house. This disclosure attempts to resolve that problem using existing RFID that is contained in clothing.

RFID has become very pervasive due to its low cost, small form factor and many other attributes. Many manufacturers intend to incorporate RFID tags in the items during the manufacturing process. This disclosure assumes the use of RFID tags embedded in clothing or clothing tags. The following article describes some of this effort: http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/checkpoint-photos.html

"When the Calvin Klein clothing label is opened, the RFID device it contains can be clearly seen. Note the tag and the metallic antenna extending from it. This chip contains a unique ID number that can be

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This invention would work as follows:
A central computer is used to register ea...