August 30, 2012 AT 8:15 am

Oh Sit! RFID Scores Game Show by the Seat of Contestants’ Pants

RFID Scores Game Show by the Seat of Contestants’ Pants @ RFID Journal via the Reg & Richard.

On a new television game show known as Oh Sit!, contestants must overcome a variety of obstacles (as well as each other) in an extreme version of the old children’s game, musical chairs. Each chair has a specific cash prize associated with it, so it was vital for the producers to be able to track which contestants sat in which chairs. Which technology did they choose? Bing, bing, bing—radio frequency identification. Correct!

The show features an obstacle course encircling a set of chairs, with music playing in the background. Once the music stops, contestants must scramble for a seat, and the person left standing is then eliminated. In addition, a different cash value is associated with each chair, with the values hidden from players. The contestant sitting in the chair of least value is booted off the show as well.

Interesting read on the challenges of indoor tracking.

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