Home Internet of Things Aerospace Apparel Energy Defense Health Care Logistics Manufacturing Retail

Access This Premium Content

Options To Access This Article:

What Subscribers Are Saying

  • "Probably the best investment I've ever made."
    Steve Meizlish, President & CEO, MeizCorp Services, Inc.
  • "I have found that RFID Journal provides an objective viewpoint of RFID. It you are looking for a resource that provides insights as to the application and implications of deploying RFID, RFID Journal will meet your needs, It gives you a broad perspective of RFID, beyond the retail supply chain."
    Mike O'Shea, Director of Corporate AutoID/RFID Strategies & Technologies, Kimberly-Clark Corp.
  • "No other source provides the consistent value-added insight that Mark Robert and his staff do. In a world dominated by press release after press release, RFID Journal is developing as the one place to go to make the most sense out of the present and future of RFID in commerce."
    Bob Hurley, Project Leader for RFID, Bayer HealthCare's Consumer Care Division
  • "RFID Journal is the one go-to source for information on the latest in RFID technology."
    Bruce Keim, Director, Hewlett-Packard
  • "RFID Journal is the only source I need to keep up to the minute with the happenings in the RFID world."
    Blair Hawley, VP of Supply Chain, Remington Products Company

Linking Art and Music

RFID enhances the listening experience.
By Mark Roberti
Feb 01, 2010—Many people create playlists on their MP3 devices to suit their different moods. Matt Brown, a design student at Sweden's Umeå Institute of Design, took the concept further by putting RFID tags in paper-cut radio sculptures to trigger specific playlists. "I was trying to create an interesting, physical experience that sometimes is missing with digital music," he says. "I think it would be fun having these things on your shelf and using them to change your music."

Paper-cut radio sculptures with RFID tags trigger an MP3 player to launch specific playlists.

Brown built the prototype in Umeå's interaction lab. "It has a lot of RFID chips and readers to mess around with, as well as a laser cutter to create the sculptures," he says. Brown placed RFID transponders in the low-cost paper sculptures, and connected an RFID reader's output port to an MP3 player. He programmed the MP3 to play a particular song or launch a playlist when it reads a tag's unique serial number. When a sculpture is placed over the MP3, it triggers the device to play specific music. "I imagined that people would have collections of the radios," he says. Each sculpture would come with preprogrammed tags.

The project was a test for a job interview. While Brown didn't land the job, he hopes the concept will catch on. He envisions different artists designing sculptures—they could be radios or anything else—and developing the playlists they call. If devices such as iPhones eventually have built-in RFID readers, they could be programmed to play certain sets of songs based on the tags they read.

Brown admits he could use some help commercializing the concept. "I'm good at coming up with ideas and developing the aesthetics of things," he says. "But when it comes to setting up a business, or thinking about how to really get the system working and how to start selling them, I'm as green as it gets."
To continue reading this article, please log in or choose a purchase option.

Option 1: Become a Premium Member.

One-year subscription, unlimited access to Premium Content: $189

Gain access to all of our premium content and receive 10% off RFID Reports and RFID Events!

Option 2: Purchase access to this specific article.

This article contains 322 words and 1 page. Purchase Price: $19.99

Upgrade now, and you'll get immediate access to:

  • Case Studies

    Our in-dept case-study articles show you, step by step, how early adopters assessed the business case for an application, piloted it and rolled out the technology.

    Free Sample: How Cognizant Cut Costs by Deploying RFID to Track IT Assets

  • Best Practices

    The best way to avoid pitfalls is to know what best practices early adopters have already established. Our best practices have helped hundreds of companies do just that.

  • How-To Articles

    Don’t waste time trying to figure out how to RFID-enable a forklift, or deciding whether to use fixed or mobile readers. Our how-to articles provide practical advice and reliable answers to many implementation questions.

  • Features

    These informative articles focus on adoption issues, standards and other important trends in the RFID industry.

    Free Sample: Europe Is Rolling Out RFID

  • Magazine Articles

    All RFID Journal Premium Subscribers receive our bimonthly RFID Journal print magazine at no extra cost, and also have access to the complete online archive of magazine articles from past years.

Become a member today!

RFID Journal LIVE! RFID in Health Care LIVE! LatAm LIVE! Brasil LIVE! Europe RFID Connect Virtual Events RFID Journal Awards Webinars Presentations