Access the web via physical RFID icons

Computers & Mobile Technology

As John Park puts it: “I took the whole art of double-clicking on an icon and made it really complicated and brought it into the physical world.” He made a conveyor belt that has an RFID reader underneath. When you place a wooden icon tile for a website (which has an RFID tag on it), it brings up that page on your web browser. Obviously, this is not the likely application for such tech, but it’s a cool proof of concept. It and John’s other project, the “God Shot” espresso puck tamper, featured in MAKE Volume 12, garnered John three Editor’s Choice blue ribbons at Maker Faire.

John Edgar Park’s RFID Conveyor Belt

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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