In my blog post on the nabaztags, I talked about the RFID rabbits known as nano:ztags bringing a relatively new and emerging technology to the public in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
I then remembered a site which I had come across a couple of months ago: nearfield.org - the site relates to the research project: ‘touch’ which investigates Near Field Communications.
Over the past couple of years RFID has been edging its way into the mainstream public, most notably the Oyster Card for use with London public transport and of course the advert with the guy going down the waterslide through the city also shows that RFID or ‘contactless’ technology will be present in our Credit & Debit cards.
The guys over at nearfield.org (Timo Arnall & Jack Schulze) looked at RFID and its major upside: lack of touch; the fact that users don’t have to touch one object to another but instead just have them within a close proximity. This invisible connection sparked off an experiment into the spatial area of RFID, the results of which can be seen below:
From these readings, architect: Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu created some 3D visualizations of the RFID readable field which make for some rather interesting images:
Throughout my degree there have been discussions on NFC/RFID and how it can (and will be) introduced into everyday life. With work towards a more informed view of RFID and technology applications such as the nano:ztags it is clear to see that RFID is edging itself more and more into our lives. I for one welcome it with open arms!