Losing stuff is a thing of the past with iPurseUOWD team's invention adapts radio frequency identification technology to track possessionsImage Credit: Pankaj Sharma/Gulf NewsDr Mohammad Watfa demonstrates how the iPurse works. Important items are tagged so that a mobile phone can keep track of them in one’s bag. Published: 00:00 March 4, 2012 07 By Amelia Naidoo, Campus Notes Editor SMALLMEDIUMLARGEDubai: They're in Salik tags, bus or train tickets, on products that companies want to keep track of — the list of uses of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags is endless.The technology took a fun twist when a professor from the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and two of his students invented the iPurse, which will ensure that you never lose your car keys, laptop, wallet or even your lipstick again."RFID is a very common thing but what's unique about this project is that it's more consumer-based and it's an intelligent purse," said Dr Mohammad Watfa, assistant professor in UOWD's department of computer science, who built the iPurse with his students Manprabhjot Kaur and Rashida Daruwala.International interestThe project is under patent and has already received interest from international companies who want to look at ways to commercialise the invention.The team thought of the idea when Kaur and Daruwala stated their intentions to base their final-year project around how people could track lost items because they themselves were always losing things."Keeping track of lost items is a very common idea but I thought we could use NFC [near field communication] technology with RFID tags for the project.NFC technology is similar to an RFID reader, which is quite expensive, and acts as an antenna for receiving and transmitting signals to the tags. NFC technology is found on many mobile phone models.Related Links Emirati invents easy SMS for the deaf and dumbTeenager's seatbelt invention wins recognition By sticking RFID tags, which are not very expensive, onto your belongings like wallets, car keys or books, the NFC technology in your mobile phone can track what's in your purse and when items go missing.Online calendarWatfa and his team also developed an online calendar that can be used in conjunction with Gmail or Hotmail, where you can programme your activities and the things you might need for such events."For example, if it's cold and rainy outside and your calendar is connected to the weather centre, it will check whether you have your scarf and umbrella in your purse. If you don't, it will send a message reminding you to take those items," Watfa said."If you have a maths class and you need to take a book for that class, your mobile phone will remind you that you need to take it," he explained.Watfa said that items can also be programmed as high-, medium- or low- priority. "If it's high then you will be reminded if it leaves your purse for five seconds or more. A low priority gives you some time like half-an-hour or one hour."Expand Comments7 Comments ShowNewest FirstOldest FirstMost RatedLowest RatedSYED AHMADMar 4, 2012 3:03inventions does takes its toll, but losing or forgetting belongings is purely negligence or lack of taking it seriously. SathyaMar 4, 2012 2:08what if we forget to take the iPurse with us or we lost the ipurse ( like losing mobile )saleem. pkMar 4, 2012 1:49very good inventionMattiaMar 4, 2012 12:19It is not a new technology; similar solutions already exist in EU and USASayed ManzoorMar 4, 2012 10:47Any Health Hazards? after short or prolonged use sheraniMar 4, 2012 9:10yes i do agree with the technology, as we human always do so. we need such kinds of new technology.sriMar 4, 2012 8:33hahahasri Mar 4, 2012 8:33hahahasherani Mar 4, 2012 9:10yes i do agree with the technology, as we human always do so. we need such kinds of new technology.Sayed Manzoor Mar 4, 2012 10:47Any Health Hazards? after short or prolonged use Mattia Mar 4, 2012 12:19It is not a new technology; similar solutions already exist in EU and USAsaleem. pk Mar 4, 2012 1:49very good inventionSathya Mar 4, 2012 2:08what if we forget to take the iPurse with us or we lost the ipurse ( like losing mobile )SYED AHMAD Mar 4, 2012 3:03inventions does takes its toll, but losing or forgetting belongings is purely negligence or lack of taking it seriously.