Re: Disney and wearables
I like that Information Week is talking about applications of RFID beyond the tech basics. I hope that the discussion goes to the next level. Marketing sites (e.g. iMedia) picking up useful applications, tourist areas (e.g. Visit Tampa Bay) promoting usage throughout a geographical area, or full end-to-end consumer supply chains (e.g. HP printer tagged - delivered to Walmart - used at home to hook up to NFC phone for automatic printing).
I agree that privacay is the biggest hurdle. Luckily Facebook has broken that hurdle down substantially. Aside from cost (which really isn't a big barrier anymore), the next thing is utilizing RFID to its fullest potential - not just a pointer to more data on the Internet. That was the biggest failing of QR codes; it's more than a pointer. As an aside, did you know that you can fit nearly an entire newspaper article on a QR code? Why do nearly 100% simply take you to a website?
Like lemmings off a cliff, we're afraid to try something new. RFID is [kind of] new (i.e. trendy) right now. Let's not follow this Internet of Things path. Let's take it in a direction that can actually benefit the consumer community as a whole.
RFID tags are stand alone databases that can be updated on-the-fly. Where it can go from there, I don't know, but I know that thinking of it as a pointer to the internet is stupid - we already have that technology.