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Kit Lets Consumers Personalize Things with RFID
Mir:ror is a kit with a USB RFID read/write device, customizable tags and PC software that consumers can use to create personalized RFID tags for their things. The creators are focused on developing technologies that foster digital-personal connections.
Oct 30, 2008—This article was originally published by RFID Update.
October 30, 2008—First visionaries proposed an RFID-driven "Internet of Things" that businesses could use to manage inventory and assets through globally connected networks that bridged the digital and physical worlds. Now you can create your own personal Internet of Stuff to index your DVD collection, RFID-enable your wardrobe, or wirelessly connect other household items. Mir:ror is a new kit that includes RFID stickers that users can encode and attach to their personal items, and keep records or create other applications on a PC or mobile device interfaced to an included USB device.
Mir:ror comes from Violet, a French firm that develops technologies to stimulate social interactions. Violet is best known as the company behind the Nabaztag, which is a rabbit-like plastic icon that is a cross between a game piece and a geeked-up Webkinz.
On its website, Violet presents a two-step strategy to achieve its vision for creating an "Internet of Objects." Step one was to connect its Nabaztag Rabbits and step two is to "connect everything else." The Mir:ror apparently marks the launch of step two, but there is no Mir:ror product information or launch announcement on the site.
Bit-Tech and several other websites and blogs reported the Mir:ror kit includes a puck-like RFID read/write device with a USB cable, three user-encodable stickers called Ztamps, and software. The kit reportedly sells for $69.99 and additional packages of 12 stickers are available for $25 -- a cost of more than $2 per tag. That price level may keep Ztamped objects and the digitized rabbits ecosystem from multiplying.
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