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ETech RFID reader

(shown above: the RFID project we’ll be using in Tom Igoe’s Hands-On RFID for Makers workshop)

RFID’s are associated with credit cards, passports and inventory systems. However, they can also be used to add a proximity interaction to a service like entering a subway via a passkey (Jan Chipchase has several posts describing these interactions around the world). By linking yourself to an RFID tag you can let a device know who you are. If you add in a link to an online, personal profile the interaction can be very personal.

By having your information at the ready an RFID tag can give you a much simpler interaction with technology. It is very easy to conceptualize the possibilities, but to really get a feel for how RFIDs can effect your interaction It’s an area that has to be explored physically.

That’s why we are giving all of the attendees at ETech RFID tags that can be linked to their conference profiles (opt-in). With these tags you can interact with several projects we’ll have at the conference.

ETech is happening March 9-12 in San Jose, CA, USA. Use et09pd30 at checkout for 30% off.

Come to ETech; Experiment with Physical Computing and RFIDs

Brian Jepson

I’m a tinkerer and finally reached the point where I fix more things than I break. When I’m not tinkering, I’m probably editing a book for Maker Media.


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