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Looking for a system that allows me to put chips on items to track their locations within a small room

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I'm looking for a system that allows me to put chips on items to track their locations.

I have a lot of small items (which are about 2" x 2" in size that I would like to be able to put chips on so that I can track them with some other type of device.

I would like it so that while I am walking around with this tracking device that the tracking device will tell me exactly how close I am to the things that I have attached the chips to. This will greatly help me find these small things that I often misplace in my room and then spend hours looking for.

What kind of devices are available that can do this? The size of my room is only 10 x 10 feet in size.
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by:IanTh
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radio frequency id rfid but its not long range

see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio-frequency_identification

or near field communication nfc buts not yet a true method yet the firs use of nfc is mile phone payments buy bumping the phone to the nfc device as nfc uses rfid

see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near_field_communication
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Can anyone give me the names (and preferably websites) of where I can purchase such a system from?
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I need to be able to purchase both the base system that will find where the chips are located as well as the chips that I can put with the items that I need to track.
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Ugrokit looks like a great system.

Does anyone know of any system that is currently available now?
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basically you put your own id in a rfid in learning/programming mode so it only works to a nown system thats why it is called rf ID
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Is there any RFID system currently available that will allow me to put chips in things and then be able to walk around with a device that will tell me (through audio sounds or visual indicators) when I am getting closer to the device I am trying to locate which has a chip in it?

The Ugrokit is a great system, but from what I have already read about it is still in development and won't start being produced until 2013.

There has to be some sort of similar system available to the general public that has already been developed and is already being sold.

Please help me find such a system that is currently available.
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Ugrokit is based on alien RFID gear. The tags are squiggle tags. What they are doing new I the handheld reader and software. I use the alien fixed readers at work with all the different tags all the time. You could use one of those, it just isn't a nice handheld version.
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Just Google "RFID tracking system"...lots of solutions out there. Here is one example of a handheld reader (but I bet it ain't cheap!)...

http://www.sstid.com/products/rfid/handheld-hf-readers/motorola-mc75ahf.html

By the way, my company automates industrial laundries, and one of our products is an auto-sortation system. It works by using RFID's sewn into shirt collars or pant hems, so they're extra small and thin. I can possibly get the manufacturer of these "chips" if you like.
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VBClassicGuy,

Yes can you please let me know who manufactures these chips?
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all the rfid kit is made in china full stop
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What is "alien RFID gear"?
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