A story for every object RFID

iPhone RFID: object-based media from timo on Vimeo.

What if every object could tell its own story? Haven’t you wished that you could just google anything? Well if you use RFID you can get information from any object that has an electronic tag. Each object in a way is a smart object.

If you have a reader attached to a device like a smart device, in this case an iPhone. You can come in proximity of the object and tell you the object’s story. It’s pretty interesting technology that can be used say for touring museums. You step up to a painting or sculpture and put your iphone next to the label. It recognizes the painting and allows you to see content about the work. Add links to sources on the net and an expantion of information based on your interests.

This is a nifty video showing the possibilities of using RFID. If you want to know more Check out this post: http://www.nearfield.org/2009/04/iphone-rfid-nfc

What if every object could tell its own story? Haven’t you wished that you could just google anything? Well if you use RFID you can get information from any object that has an electronic tag. Each object in a way is a smart object.

If you have a reader attached to a device like a smart device, in this case an iPhone. You can come in proximity of the object and tell you the object’s story. It’s pretty interesting technology that can be used say for touring museums. You step up to a painting or sculpture and put your iphone next to the label. It recognizes the painting and allows you to see content about the work. Add links to sources on the net and an expantion of information based on your interests.

This is a nifty video showing the possibilities of using RFID. If you want to know more Check out this post: http://www.nearfield.org/2009/04/iphone-rfid-nfc

Kindle – kardboard prototype

Do you usually pay to be a beta tester? Not me. I usually get something free for debugging somone’s product.

Well today Amazon released the bigger dog of their reader and will charge you about $500 bucks for a device that looks like a cardboard prototype of a technology product from the 80’s.

Expectations for electronic devices are considerably more sophisticated than what the Kindle offers. Now of course Amazon is just warming up the market for a smart innovative company like Apple or a smart startup to take over much like Apple did with the iPod. I actually think that Amazon doesn’t care. Amazon is all about the distribution chain. They want to sell you the content not the device. They just created the device to create more interest in reading. Certainly the publishing industry doesn’t understand how to do that. But will this actually reinvigorate the reading market? That remains to be seen.

Haven’t you always wanted to walk on water?

Haven’t you always wanted to walk on water?

I have admired Maya Lin’s work for two decades. The thoughtfulness, the scale, and the amazing balance of the discipline of architecture and the emotional vocabulary are controlled yet create both visceral reactions that then trigger intellectual responses.
Her investigation of water/waves and their distinct states have created internal conversations that have manifest themselves in my hieroglyphics that have come after Egyptian Waters.

I dream of walking on the waters, floating in the space between the waves.

Now I will make the equivalent of a pilgrimage to the Wave Field at Storm King. I will walk on the waves, I will lie and stand between the waves unable to see beyond the lead wave or the following one. I will photograph my point of view. I will capture video of the changing light. I will stand on the waters suspended in time.

THE ARTIST : Maya Lin
THE SPACE : Storm King
EXHIBITION : Wave Field

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holiday travel

An old card in a new place.

My sister always sends us terrific cuttout or popup cards. You can’t get rid of them they become a decoration for the next year. Actually until the paper just gives up. This is a favorite because it can sit in some unexpected place. It has a small footprint with very pleasant geometry.

I enjoy watching Santa near the rooftops while I make my morning coffee and look for the snowflakes that signal that it really is winter.

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A new gift item, Timbuk2 Bags – Hacker Daypack


Timbuk2 Bags – Hacker Daypack – Hemp/PET Fabric

Ok, I just had to post this onto my wish list. I need a pack that serves all my needs now that I’m walking to work. The other bags that I have server specific needs. I need a new architecture.

I’m looking for a bag that starts off light when it’s empty. I’m not sure if this fits the bill. Why don’t sites tell you how much the bags weighs empty?

Anyone have any suggestions for a slim backpack with plenty of pen storage space too? I carry lots of writing implements with me all the time.

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Mini E an electric car for me


Mini E concept – LA Auto Show – Coming Soon, Mini’s Electric Kool Aid Test – List – NYTimes.com

A reason not to bail out companies like GM.

My favorite quote from the NYTimes piece:

While General Motors has been plodding along and burning through the dollars developing its Chevrolet Volt “extended-range” electric vehicle (now due in late 2010), Mini, with help from its parent, BMW, took a mere 10 months to develop the Mini E.

Why does our auto industry find it so hard to respond to the needs of its potential customers? Not only has Mini responded they have done it quickly.

The battery takes up a little too much space but mini will work it out. I want one.

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Cookie Recipes from smitten kitchen YUMMY


Cookie Recipes | smitten kitchen

This site is so tasty you don’t even have to bake. Just look at these cookies. You can imagine munching each and every one. Even the green tea cookies which look a little bit like a science experiment.

I’m planning on the ice box cookies. I love one basic dough that you add different in nuts or berries and such to make wondrous little nibbles. Cold weather is such an excuse to bake. Turn the oven on and bake for hours with my iPod playing my favorites and a pot of fresh brewed coffee.

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Build your own turkey : vegan version

My buddy webchick has a terrific little kit to make your own turkey. It’s really fun to see the documentation of Nate making his turkey. Try the Litebrite version too, lots of fun.

Arts and crafts are always fun but when the weather starts turning cold it’s really fun to be inside with a hot cocoa and crayons.

I’m thinking that webchick is a very fun mom.

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