Archive for the ‘rfid’ Category

SeeShell – an “augmented” Oyster card holder

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

I’ve just found out an interesting new project called SeeShell , to be run by one the people behind Undersound. Here is the short description they give: “SeeShell is an augmented Oyster Card (the RFID-enabled Underground ticket) holder which displays, over time, the journeys a rider has taken. When a user passes their Oyster card (which is inside the SeeShell) over the touch-in point at the gate to the station while they are entering or exiting, the SeeShell, using RFID, senses which station the user just passed through and over time a permanent, ink-based map of the stations they have visited begins to emerge on their Oyster Card holder. The Oyster system already tracks users’ journeys but there is no convenient way for the users to access or make use of that data. By building SeeShell on top of an already existing system, I hope to show how lived patterns of mobility might be leveraged in new ways and placed back into the hands of their creators.”

The project has not started yet, but looks interesting: what uses could we make of these patterns of mobility, if they were given back to their users, rather than centrally kept?

Mobiles+Smart Wine Racks= Collaborative Wining!

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

This beatiful “smart wine rack uses radio frequency identification (RFID) to track individual bottles in the rack and identifies ones that fit the users’ wine selection criteria. … A handheld device accepts queries, and full-color LED lights transform the elegant wine rack and the bottles themselves into a search results interface.” (here)

Cool! What’s next? Collaborative wining, of course. :-) Phones store wine preferences and smart wine racks run collaborative filtering algorithms for recommending wines ;-)

Movida Tech en BCN

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Baja Beach Club in Barcelona. Bikini-clad waitresses serve drinks to guest as a DJ mixes music from a motorboat perched above the dance floor. The club is the biggestg “beach club” in Barcelona and has also a member-only VIP area. To be a member, you need to get implanted an RFID tag in your arm. The tag is encoded with your credit card number for quick and easy payment. Conrad Chase (the club’s owner) points out that many people already have pierciengs and tattoos. “Having a radio-transmitting chip under your skin makes you very unique”, he says. Ya, right!

American Express is a step ahead of Conrad. The company has patented a technique to track people in the public places based on the RFID tags in their clothing and products they carry.

(more on The Economist, April 28th ’07)

Animal Tags for People?

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Two cousin companies bet the fast-expanding market for animal RFID chips will extend to humans before long
… Digital tags are expected to be affixed to the U.S.’s 40 million farm animals to enable regulators to track and respond quickly to disease, bioterrorism, and other calamities. Opponents have many fears about this plan, among them that it could be the forerunner of a similar system for humans. …

Well, all you conspiracy buffs, let me introduce you to Kevin McGrath and Scott Silverman. … more