Amazing, isn't it? The same technology we use to deter shoplifters and tag polar bears can also ensure accurate race recordings. I wonder if we could incorporate these elements into a marathon. Imagine: Runners start out inside a shopping mall and have a 10-second lead on waking polar bears. Next, each runner has to shoplift a single item from a preassigned store and make for the finish line without the polar bear catching him or her. The beautiful part is that, thanks to UHF technology, we'd be able to track every last gory detail.
As long as polar bears eat running shoes, we're good to go.
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- Guy, Sandra. "How the Chicago Marathon chips track runners." Chicago Sun-Times. Oct. 6, 2011. (June 14, 2012) http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/8049332-418/how-the-chicago-marathon-chips-track-runners.html
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- Pique, Stephane. "The Truth About RFID Read Rates." RFiD Journal. May 7, 2012. (June 21, 2012) http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/view/9475