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Razor To Radio-Tag Electric Mini Scooters

Posted in Scooters, Toys by Ryan | December 4th, 2006 | 3 Responses |

Those enormously popular foot scooters that kids everywhere (and some young adults) are riding come from several suppliers. Razor is one of the companies – some would say the originals. Razor also makes a miniature electric ride scooter called the Pocket Mod.

As Razor is a supplier to retail giant Wal-Mart, part of their task is to tag their products with RFID (radio frequency identification technology) so that Wal-Mart can track their products in their stores, easily determine when stock is low, and make re-ordering easier.

Razor USA has plans to tag Pocket Mod scooters with RFID technology from ODIN Technologies. They are specifically using EPCglobal’s EPC Gen 2 RFID tags. Razor’s plant will also use technology from Alien Technology, Zebra Technologies, and Symbol.

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3 Responses

  1. brettbum says:

    My son received a new Razor scooter (non-electric variety) as a present recently. It replaced his old Razor scooter (also of the non-electric variety) which he had left out in the rain, which resulted in it rusting.

    Aside from the moral issues of replacing a destroyed toy, I wonder if there could be some useful home applications if the tags are attached to the device as opposed to be inserted into the packaging.

    If the tag were on the device, I could run up a program (or my son could) to confirm that he had brought all of his toys into the garage at the end of the night.

    Might even be able to triangulate where the offending missing toy was located in the yard. :)

    Regardless he’ll need to be a little more responsible before he’ll see the electric variety of scooter!

  2. Raj Dash says:

    Hi Brett. Yeah, it’d be nice for parents to use a handheld RFID scanner to see what’s left outside. The scooters they are tagging are mini ride scooters, not the foot model type. But that’s an interesting application, for sure.

  3. Kyle Park says:

    I think this article is a sign of what is to come. I could also see these tags becoming a consumer benefit as well. Consumers could use these tags to help locate lost or stolen merchandise (think lojack) or even use the devices to help track down the location of their children based on the location of these devices. Imagine how great this would be if we could significantly reduce theft of all consumer products.

    Best,
    Kyle Park