RFID and unique physical form

Craft & Design


RFID tags contain a unique electronic signature. Artist and grad student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Lisa Smith has designed these forms that have a unique form to match that signature. She calls her process the “cuteness generator.” Lisa writes:

The forms are generated with a small piece of front end software, with partial control from the user (for example, there is a cuteness<->grossness slider, and they can specify the number of eyes, but the form is also linked to their age and other friends/family in the system, etc). It pulls from sticker/graffiti culture, urban toy culture, and also heraldry (allows for the visual expression of human relationships and room for a visual subculture to emerge in the system).

These toys are made by a 3D printer, then cast in plastic. They’re designed for kids to “slowly gather informational histories as the kids interact with each other and grow.” – [via] Link.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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