Keurig RFID-Enabled V-Cup Coffee Brewer at FCC
We've been patiently following the entire RFID K-Cup/V-Cup brewer story at Single Serve Coffee Forums, and comments on earlier posts here at Single Serve Coffee. According to an FCC filing Keurig plans to release an RFID-enabled coffee brewer with the FCC ID YMSKAEFUHRVI1G200. This reveals vey little about the brewer itself, and we're unsure if this brewer(s) would be for consumer or business use.
It also appears Keuring's RFID-enabled brewers will use a new type of coffee pack called V-Cups or VUE Cups. If the V-Cups are indeed RFID-Enabled then they would be very expensive. Prices of K-Cups are anywhere from .55 to .75 a pop, so putting and RFID chip could add at least another .75 to $1 to each V-Cup. Wow.
From the manual included in the filing.
WirelessGoodness.com along with the Single Serve Coffee Forums has loads of pictures besides the two we've included. We think the picture above is probably the most exciting and misleading, as we thought it showed a flat folded V-Cup being put into a RFID-Enabled Keurig brewer. Oh - our old eyes - that's just the brewer handle. After closer inspection it looks like the K-Cup holder or V-Cup holder is probably going to accept the same shape of K-Cup or V-Cup.
We'll let you know more as we find out, but expect more details in the coming weeks as this new V-Cup RFID-Enabled brewer shakes itself free and sees the light of day.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at February 3, 2012 7:43 AM
At first I thought "Oh great! Now we won't be able to use K-Cups anymore!", then I realized Keurig could make these new brewers backwards-compatible simply by adding RFID tags inside boxes of old K-Cups.
That way, existing customers would have an incentive (albeit however so slight) to upgrade to the new machines as they burn-off their existing K-Cup stashes and new customers would still be able to try out the hundreds of existing K-Cups on the market before they get slowly phased-out.
It will be interesting to see if V-Cups are just nothing more than K-Cups that have RFID "stickers" on the sides of each cup or if they are a completely new shape/format. Judging by the pics on the FCC PDF files, it almost looks as if the brew chamber is designed to accept upside-down K-Cups? Maybe it's just the angle, dunno.
I'm sure the burning question from most users is "if we're paying almost $12-16 now for a box of K-Cups, how much more will the prices skyrocket once Keurig starts embedding RFID stickers/tags onto these things?"