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Hands-on RFID for Makers

Materials, Objects
Location: Empire Room Level: Novice
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)

Ever wanted to get a real understanding of how RFID works? In this workshop, you’ll learn about the different classes of RFID devices. We’ll discuss what RFID can and can’t do, what devices are already on the market, and what kinds of future applications are possible. Then, using your own RFID reader and an Arduino microcontroller, you’ll learn how to move data from the tag to the screen to the database. You’ll learn how to read to and write from tags, and how creative thinking about RFID reader antennas can lead to all new devices.

There will be an additional parts fee for this workshop (no more than USD100), as attendees will get a microcontroller and RFID kit to use in the workshop.

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Tom Igoe

Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU

Tom Igoe teaches courses in physical computing and networking, exploring ways to allow digital technologies to sense and respond to a wider range of human physical expression. Coming from a background in theatre, his work has centered on physical interaction related to live performance and public space. His current research focuses on ecologically sustainable practices in technology development. He is the author of two books, “Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects,” and with Dan O’Sullivan, “Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers,” which has been adopted by numerous digital art and design programs around the world. Projects include a series of networked banquet table centerpieces and musical instruments; an email clock; and a series of interactive dioramas, created in collaboration with M.R. Petit. He has consulted for The American Museum of the Moving Image, EAR Studio, Diller + Scofidio Architects, Eos Orchestra, and others. He is a contributor to MAKE magazine and a collaborator on the Arduino open source microcontroller project. He hopes someday to work with monkeys, as well.

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Brian Jepson

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Brian Jepson is Executive Editor for Make Magazine’s Make:Books series, co-author of Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks, and has written and edited a number of other geeky books. He’s also a volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a non-profit arts center that gives Rhode Island artists uncensored and unjuried forums for their work.

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Brian Jepson
03/10/2009 2:25am PDT

I’m glad so many folks enjoyed it; it’s really inspiring to watch you making and exploring things!

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Tom Igoe
03/10/2009 12:05am PDT

Thanks all for coming, glad you enjoyed it. I’ll be around the Maker Shed from 1 to 2 or so today if there are any further questions.

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Alasdair Allan
03/09/2009 11:59pm PDT

Thanks to Tom and Brian for a great session, I really enjoyed myself. I’ve written this tutorial up on my blog

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Jason DeBoer-Moran
03/09/2009 4:06pm PDT

Great session, I am glad that I had the opportunity to get in last minute. The only thing I think could have improved the session was room layout changes. I am happy to have learned a little arduino magic.

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William Hern
03/09/2009 4:11am PDT

Thanks Brian and Shirley for the clarification.

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Brian Jepson
03/09/2009 3:09am PDT

Thanks, Shirley; that’s right, we’ll be collecting the payment at the beginning.

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Shirley Bailes
03/09/2009 2:41am PDT

William, I believe the speakers will be collecting payment as the session begins. Credit card/cash, no checks.

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William Hern
03/09/2009 2:35am PDT

Looking forward to this afternoon’s workshop. How/when do you want payment for the additional gear we’ll be using? Do we have to sort this out before we come to the session?

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Tom Igoe
03/07/2009 2:17am PST

Pardon the formatting below. Here’s the Processing link

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Tom Igoe
03/07/2009 2:15am PST

Attendees to this workshop should download :Processing: and Arduino and install them on your laptops. That’s what we’ll use for the tutorial.

Also, you may want to check out these examples we’ll be going over:
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Mark J. Levitt
03/04/2009 4:19am PST

I’ll be busy with registration-related work, but this tutorial looks awesome! RFID badges at ETech are going to be great!

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