I like Pokemon more than you! :p
We’ve just discovered that TPCi has filed a patent for an RFID tag system that will allow cards to be tracked during gameplay. The technology is intended for livestreams.
A Pokemon card is inserted into a card sleeve embedded with an RFID tag. As each card is inserted, a camera photographs the card and looks up its identity. Thus, each card sleeve is mapped to a virtual Pokemon card.
As a player draw cards, an RFID reader determines which cards left their deck. This way, the identity, location, and movement of cards can be tracked during gameplay. This allows commentators and viewers to instantly see which cards are in a player’s hand, discard pile, and other potential scenarios during gameplay. This will open new opportunities for commentary and presentation. It will also reduce the need for cameras to capture player’s (often obscured) hands...