Category Archives: Research

iPhone RFID: object-based media

This is a video prototype of an iPhone media player that uses physical objects to control media playback. It is based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) that triggers various iPhone interactions when in the range of a wireless tag embedded inside a physical object. RFID is becoming more common in mobile phones (under the term [...]

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Touch at Kreative Oslo

We recently had the chance to present Touch at the event Kreative Oslo 09 at DogA, the Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture. Kreative Oslo is a broad seminar that gathers the creative fields in Oslo, including art, design, research, commercial actors, cultural institutions etc. Presenting Touch at a event like this is a good [...]

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Tangible and Embedded Interaction 2009

We recently presented our paper Designing with RFID at the Tangible and Embedded Interaction conference in Cambridge UK. This presentation was part of a session on ‘enabling technologies and design techniques’. The presentation focused on how we look at the physical aspects of RFID form through design. The full presentation is available on Slideshare and [...]

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Re/Touch: Inspiring touch-related interaction design

One of the things that social and cultural research on touch attempts to grapple with is everything people are supposed to touch and not supposed to touch—and what we actually end up touching or not touching in any given situation. When I first saw Sameer D’Costa’s photo on Flickr, it reminded me of people’s desire [...]

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Designing with RFID

In Designing with RFID we explore the potential for RFID objects in everyday contexts. Because RFID is a wireless, radio-based technology it is inherently invisible once embedded, and this raises issues around visibility and interaction. How does the addition of hidden interactive qualities influence the design of physical RFID objects? There is a need to [...]

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More RFID-based products

A Dutch company, Swinxs is developing a physical RFID-based console with RFID wristbands for children. They claim to be encouraging physical activities and ‘stimulating imagination’. The console includes versions of Tag, multiple Quiz games, Hide and Seek and Charades. The base-station connects to the internet for uploading scores and downloading content. The movie on their [...]

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Internet of Things booklet

Rob van Kranenburg is creating what looks like an interesting critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID: “The Internet of Things is the second issue in the series of Network Notebooks. Rob van Kranenburg examines what impact RFID, and other systems, will have on our cities and our wider society.” Edit The [...]

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RFID peripherals

Plug and play RFID-reading USB peripherals are all the rage, as indicated by a stream of recent product announcements. These readers plug into a PC and make various things happen when they are touched with an RFID tag. RFID readers are small and cheap, encapsulating them in packaging and offering a standard USB interface makes [...]

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