Off on the wrong foot
So many problems with this breathless report of new “ubiquitous” services in Tokyo that I don’t know where to start.
OK, I lie: I do know where to start. A dedicated device? Worn around the neck??
One wonders why they didn’t leverage a genuinely – nay: a profoundly – ubiquitous infrastructure, one stereotypically but not entirely unjustly more associated with Tokyo than any other place on Earth: the ten million mobile phones already deployed in the region.
Also, you’ve gotta love the unchallenged assertion that “U.S. cities have expressed interest in the technology.” You mean that bleeding-edge RFID technology? Yeah, I hear one or two folks this side of the Big Pond are looking into that.
It’d be nice if business reporters did their homework every once in awhile before filing boosterish pap like this. At the very least, it would have been interesting if AP’s Yuri Kageyama had pushed back on any of the assertions she was being fed. Too much to ask for?