While I was working for Innovative Logistics Techniques, we had just finish working through a project called Operation Safe Commerce. It was a Supply Chain Security Initiative using Radio Frequency Identification devices to track items throughout the supply chain.
We had a lot of RFID equipment and tags left over. RFID was in its infancy. The CEO challenged us to find more uses for the left-over equipment. Most of the technicians stayed focused on assets and supply. I, as well, created an asset inventory management machine that cut inventory time by 90%. That device was accepted, and we started on the process to get a patent. That was my first (and only) provisional patent. I had something with my name on it that said Patent Pending!
I was on roll! I thought about what if we could use an active RFID tag that could use GPS to track the location of your car. In case It was stolen.
I introduced another idea. All items in a store have RFID tags. The customers wear a wrist band associated to a bank account. you wear the band when shopping. The customer just fills up his cart and when they walk out of the store, his bank account would be debited. If you don’t have a wrist band, an alarm would go off. Other uses for this device would be amusement parks, movie theaters. Instead of selling individual tickets for rides, you could sell bands people could wear. Pharmaceutical RFID tags are small enough to be imbedded under the skin. This would be safer and harder to lose.
In a meeting, I told the group at INNOLOG that, I think, these things could be embedded under the skin and powered by the body to last for years. A safe identification, but I was ridiculed. I was asked where I got such a stupid idea. I said "it’s in the Bible." Somebody has to invent it. It could be us. I don’t think they understood. I was never taken seriouly again.