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  1. Posted 24 January 2009 at 5:05 | Permalink

    Poken is not exactly a RFID-based product. In fact, to operate RFID-based products need a reader, which for both the electrical consumptions and dimensions was suitable for Poken. Hence people at Poken developed their own technology, which is conceptually similar to RFID, but it is not the same (they don’t use the RFID word to describe this technology in their website). There is no reader with Poken. Both devices can read and write and both devices, differently from RFID tags, require a battery.

  2. Posted 24 January 2009 at 23:53 | Permalink

    Couldn’t the poken be a conspiracy from a government from any country? Here in the Netherlands the government is willing to let the people accept the rfid-chips in their passports. Soon they will appear in the train and bus tickets too.

    But there are rumors about this chip being hacked. Do you know more about it?

  3. Timo
    Posted 27 January 2009 at 17:24 | Permalink

    Andrea: For us the technology distinctions are overshadowed by the fact that it acts like an RFID/near-field interaction, even if the technology is slightly different.

    Jens: There are many technologies that can be used for surveillance, and RFID certainly has the potential. However I’m not sure that a consumer product like Poken is any more scary than having a mobile phone or an Oyster Card.

    The recent, highly publicised hacking of Mifare encryption shows that the technology is not infallible.

  4. Posted 14 February 2009 at 15:22 | Permalink

    Hi Timo, Poken and mynameise are not RFID although interesting new on=off type of tools. We built an RFID thing around similar ideas of connecting people although not something that’s very easy to distribute unlike the other two. http://blog.roomwareproject.org/2008/10/06/social-rfid-installation-for-media-plaza/

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