RFID tags are becoming more widely used by the day, but a new kind of 3D RFID tag could help RFID expand even more rapidly.

The new RFID tag would work alongside an augmented reality based track and trace service that would tackle common hurdles of monitoring shipments anywhere in the world.

A foil-based material is used to store information, creating a type of 3D, or holographic, representation of a cube. Shipping details can be entered into a cloud-based service and the information is encoded and printed onto a foil RFID label using special ink that easily bonds with the molecules of the foil material.

The foil label can store much more information than a traditional barcode or QR code, and each time the label is scanned, its GPS coordinates are automatically updated in the cloud, allowing the shipment to be easily tracked using Google Earth.