About & contact

Touch is a research project that investigates Near Field Communication (NFC), a technology that enables connections between mobile phones and physical things. We are developing applications and services that enable people to interact with everyday objects and situations through their mobile devices. Touch consists of an inter-disciplinary team involved in social and cultural enquiry, interaction/industrial design, rapid prototyping, software, testing and exhibitions.

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RFID and NFC

RFID is currently regarded as the replacement for barcodes in logistics and supply chain management. It is also becoming widely used for contactless ticketing, credit cards, animal tracking and e-passports. But a new set of applications and services are opening up as NFC (a new standard based on RFID) is integrated into mobile phones. Commercial applications for NFC are predicted to include ticketing, payments and service discovery, where these things can be achieved with a simple ‘touch’ of the mobile device.

But Touch is not just about incremental innovations to existing infrastructures; the technology offers many unexplored opportunities. The simple integration of tags into everyday things and places, the low-cost of NFC components and the adaptiveness of the NFC specifications are all examples of the ways in which this technology promises to be ubiquitous. These opportunities suggest that many other applications and services will be built around the technology, and that ‘touch’ may well become part of everyday life in unexpected ways.

Touch interactions

NFC and ‘contactless’ systems are intended to be easy to use for everyday transactions, the interaction is carried out with a simple ‘touch’, ‘swipe’ or ‘tap’. By using these simple actions, NFC puts a sense of human control back into otherwise complex and unwieldy ubiquitous systems. Touch is a natural, expressive gesture and can be used to create satisfying interactions. There is a rich history of industrial design, ergonomic and human factors research that can be used in the design of these systems.

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Touch-interactions are significant culturally and socially; our sense of touch is a large part of the way we understand and affect the world. Touch carries meaning and this changes according to context, situation and culture. The project explores these contexts through social, cultural and ethnographic research. This cross-disciplinary research will be used as a resource for further design and prototyping.

The project runs until 2009 and is based in the Institute of Design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway. It is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Contact us

We would be very happy to hear from you:

hello at nearfield dot org

29 Responses to About & contact

  1. Christina 4 January 2011 at 5:20 #

    Dear Sirs,

    Wish you enjoy a great day!

    I would like to introduce myself. I am Christina Yang and from Nanning XGS Electronic Technology Co., Ltd in Guangxi, China. We are a professional manufacturer of RFID products, including RFID contactless smart cards, RFID labels, Inlays, tickets and so on which can be designed and manufactured according to customer needs.
    We’ve purchased the main Muehlbauer lines directly from Germany for all our productions, which will make the best offer on RFID products with best quality.

    Should any of the items be of interest to you, please let me know. We shall be glad to give you our lowest quotations upon receipt of your detailed requirements.

    Waiting for your good news. Happy New year!!

  2. John White 17 January 2011 at 21:31 #

    I’m in the aviation industry and always looking for ways to share critical information with travelers, management and maintenance staff quickly and simply. I wouild like to speak to someone regarding certain applications we are curenlty looking into.

  3. mkm 27 January 2011 at 16:06 #

    Dear sir,
    I am student of Computer Engineering.I am interested in networking technology.I want detail technical information of NFC from your side.I am decided to developed my last year project on NFC devices.Send information on my mail.
    I hope response will be positive.Thanking you…..

  4. Smart Poster 24 February 2011 at 19:21 #

    Hi
    I’m very interested in you research as we are soon to launch a Smart Poster Proximity Marketing business in the UK. Anyone interested in seeing our demonstartion models can contact us @
    http://www.smart-poster.co.uk or
    http;//www.near-fieldcommunication.co.uk
    Paul

  5. haitam 27 February 2011 at 23:02 #

    Hi
    I am student of Computer Engineering.I am interested in networking technology.I want detail technical information of NFC security from your side.I am decided to developed my last year project on NFC devices.Send information on my mail.
    I hope response will be positive.Thanking you…..

  6. NFC 4 March 2011 at 15:43 #

    We are a UK based company that are setting up a Near Field Communication forum we look forward to seening you

  7. air max france 1 April 2011 at 14:33 #

    je vous remercie pour votre part
    Je l’aime beaucoup

  8. woojinlee 21 June 2011 at 3:39 #

    I am a graphic designer who designed a couple of examples on the pictures. I am not a engineering side, but I am very interested in Touch research and I would like to know more about Touch project. Please let me know if you have any events or exhibition in the future.

    W

  9. Daniela 25 October 2011 at 17:06 #

    Hola.
    Me encuentro interesada en conocer mas sobre las aplicaciones de la tecnologia rfid en computadores. Me gustara conocer como en el caso de las aplicaciones para niños sordos, ¿como podria abrirse un programa en el computador solo con la colocación de un objeto en el lector de rfid.

    Agradeceria la ampliacion de la información

    Gracias

  10. Daniela 25 October 2011 at 17:07 #

    Hello.
    I am interested in knowing more about the applications of RFID technology in computers. I would like to know as in the case of applications for the deaf, how could open a program on the computer just by placing an object in the RFID reader.

    Appreciate the expansion of information
    thanks

  11. Montie Roland 24 January 2012 at 3:33 #

    Evening,

    I wanted to take a few minutes and introduce Montie Gear (www.montiegear.com). We have a passive RFID troubleshooting tool that is aimed at B2B application in the Gen 2 (900 mHz RFID space).

    In the next 6 weeks we should have production units of our RFID field detector. This is a low cost device that allows the user to detect the perimeter of a 900 mHz RFID field.

    Are you interested in reviewing one of our RFID Field Detectors in March?

    Thanks,
    Montie

  12. JonC 9 February 2012 at 17:49 #

    Dear Sir,

    Firstly, I wish to congratulate you on the wifi painting, its amazing.

    I am a graphic design student currently doing my final major project and am working on immateriality and visualising wireless technology.

    I still don’t know the outcome of the project, as I wish to explore more first. I have researched what has been done already, and am currently researching into how to visualise these invisible fields in my own way from a new perspective for the final show.

    I was wandering if you were able to help me in any way on how to go about making such things like the detectors, and capturing it etc. As this is the part where I am unfamiliar of, the making. Would you be able to help me in any way please? I do understand it will most probably be really hard to make, If you have any tips and pointers.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and look forward to hearing back from you.

    Kind regards
    Jon

  13. mike 15 March 2012 at 17:28 #

    I see that 2 other colleagues have already aksed for some detail technical information of NFC and his security from your side. I am new in this field and would like to develope and understand this technik more. I would appreciate, if you could also send me some overview informations about the NFC technik and payments architekture using NFC.
    best regards,
    mike

  14. Luke Wainwright 3 June 2012 at 0:39 #

    HI,
    I built a rfid ultrasound simulator from the direction of the EDUS2 guys ( http://www.edus2.com/ ) . I am using it in immersive simulation teaching the emergency department doctors. I would very much like to develop a version for the iPad. Your app looks to be unique in its ability to play a video when prompted from rfid tag. Is it possible for me to have the app to use in development of my education program.

    Many Thanks

    Luke

  15. satyadeep bose 11 June 2012 at 12:44 #

    Hi,

    I am Satyadeep from Digitech services, New delhi. We have a pilot project on RFID based inventory management system. We have arranged UHF reader and tags for that project and now we are looking for a person how is interested on working with us. Please suggest if you have any good contact details for the above project.

    Looking for your early response.

    Warm regards,
    Satyadeep Bose

  16. Cliff 17 December 2012 at 5:20 #

    Was wondering if there is a device that will detect rfid chips in people and or medicine (capsules),and where one can be obtained w/o govt interference.
    Thanks

  17. saul suaza 13 March 2014 at 2:24 #

    Hi
    I am a graphic designer from Latin America and based in NYC.
    I am very interested in work on your website because I love Device Technology, I really appreciate your stuff and I would like to get my portfolio better with teams and projects like Touch, just let me do a web and mobile proposal and yours can decide about it.

    Pd. I am working on my portfolio right now, I can send you more of my projects if you want, even I have tech-projects.

    Looking for your early response.

    Warm regards,
    Saul

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