RFID Toys: Cool Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment Paperback – Feb 13 2006
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From the Back Cover
Radio frequency identification now belongs to the masses, and it lets you control all sorts of things. Like access to your front door. Or valuables in an RFID-enabled safe. You can corral your stuff within an RFID-monitored perimeter, or build a shelf that tells you when you're out of hot sauce. This book shows you how, with step-by-step instructions, illustrations, photos, and a list of the tools and tech- nology you need for every project. It even supplies the lowdown on read/write tags and—for the truly extreme—implantable chips.
Complete parts inventory and detailed, illustrated instructions for these exciting RFID projects
- Home door lock
- Vehicle access
- Computer logon
- Electronic safe
- Smart shelves
- Doggie door
- Object locator
- Theft alert
- Handheld scanner
- Implantable chips
About the Author
Amal Graafstra is an entrepreneur and jack-of-many-trades. Currently involved in no less than three different companies, he still finds time to think up interesting ways to apply various technologies in his daily life and wield a soldering iron from time to time. Amal is CEO of Morpheus Inc., a computer and networking company that specializes in supplying managed terminal environments to the medical industry.
He is also president of txtGroups Inc. (www.txtgroups.com), an SMS text messaging company soon to launch group messaging services across Canada, with plans for expansion to the US, UK, and Australia.
Since learning about the contactless RFID technology used in cats and dogs for identification, Amal wanted to leverage that technology himself. Getting an implant meant there was no need to carry an RFID access card around and he could implement his own RFID access control systems instead of buying expensive off-the-shelf products. Soon after getting his first implant (www.amal.net/rfid.html) and posting some pictures of the process for a few friends, word quickly spread over the Internet and soon he found himself talking to everyone from industry players to clergy to book publishers about RFID technology and its possibilities.
Amal Graafstra can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Contents: Getting Started with RFID; Getting in the Front Door; Stepping into Your Car; Logging into Windows XP Using RFID; Building an RFID-Enabled Safe; Taking Inventory with an RFID-Enabled Smart Shelf; Letting Fido in with an RFID Pet Door; Tracking Employees and Time with Active RFID; Monitoring Assets and Sending Alerts; The Three R's - Reading, wRiting, and RFID; Extreme RFID; Hardware Overview; Index
Graafstra is well qualified to speak on this subject. He's had himself "chipped" in order to control a number of the devices in his home (like his door locks). There's a little bit of background on how RFID works, and then he dives right into the projects. In order to build the devices he talks about, you really need to be adept at using tools like soldiering irons, xacto knives, drills, and so on. In most cases, you'll be hacking existing devices and modifying their form factor in order to integrate them into other things. For instance, logging onto Windows XP via RFID involve opening up a keyboard, clearing out an area in the wristrest, modifying the RFID device to fit the smaller area, and then all the associated wiring involved in tying it all together. If you're not comfortable with hardware, you'll likely find many of these projects rather daunting. And bottom line, I'm not letting *anyone* cut me open to put in an RFID chip. :)
This is a very good book if you're looking to understand the bridge between RFID theory and implementation. Even if you don't build any of the devices, you'll start to get an idea as to how RFID might change the way we live our lives on a daily basis.
The projects are straightforward, and the author lists where to purchase all the parts needed. Additionally, the author gives you the source code to help with the development of applications that use the devices!
If you are a geek, buy this book!