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RFID goes all-in at the casino

Can I get a chip count please? The next time you’re sitting at the poker table and someone goes all-in, finding out how much more it is to call is going to be so much easier thanks to a Korean start-up that has embedded RFID tags into casino chips – the first of its kind. According to Telecoms Korea, compatible devices will be able to give you a quick chip count, “no matter how many there might be.”

Of course, you won’t be able to scan chip stacks across the room, nor would you need to. The RFID tags have an “instant recognition range” of three metres, which is more than what the dealer will need to access any given pile at his table. The tiny metal chip is incredibly small and lightweight, being embedded right into the middle of the chip. You won’t even know it’s there.

They say that other companies have tried implementing UHF RFID tags before, but “failed in commercializing due to anti-collision problem.”

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