The RFID setup!

by

image1.gif

We have been working with a test set up, trying out various software and hardware solutions, and after an initial period of not much going on, we've now got our preferred setup defined. I want to outline it here….

Issues
It may be useful to outline the issues we have faced with using RFID to impact on video content within the gallery. Firstly, our aims as the technology partner are to research what can and what cannot be done with RFID, and helping Sara translate that into a valuable audience experience. As RFID is about interaction, the audience is the experiment as much as the work is and so the audience / art interface is very transparent. By asking the audience to actively 'pay attention' they are willing participants in this data exchange.

Architecture
So… we are currently using the RFID reader kit from FEIG. It is connected via USB to a Mac. (We had to use a PC to set the box up to work in that way, but it now works with a Mac). We are then using the RFID reader basically as a keyboard. It outputs the serial number of the tag, we can read that in as text.

image2.gif

We have made a simple Cocoa application to handle what we do with that output. So then we can use junXion from STEIM, with Isadora, or potentially use Isadora on its own.

image3.gif

We can assign different actions in Isadora to different events from the RFID box.

image4.gif

image5.gif 

image6.gif

(Video before and after the Isadora effect triggered by the RFID 'attention'.) We can also potentially write to the tags. This may be a great way of 'registering' participants. The participants will then take their data away with them as they leave with their 'attention card'.

We will document the detailed set up for reference later on.
Tags: rfid, , , , .

Advertisements

One Response to “The RFID setup!”

  1. Kevin O Mahony Says:

    We are currently looking for RFID tags, reader, and software. We are
    currently developing a multimedia installation. We are looking for ways of
    controlling quicktime video clips by scanning RFID tags. It is an
    installation piece – Video bingo!!!. We found a product which was ideal but
    the problem is that it is out of stock(http://www.interactiondesign-lab.com/idshop/product_rfidmonamour.html)
    . Would you know where we could purchase a similar product which would be
    applicable for our installation. If you could help us, or have any
    information that would be very much appreciated.
    >
    > Regards,
    > Kevin

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: