I recently bought one of the Tikitag starter kits, and have been playing with it. To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed, but here’s a nice application with a bunch of Ifs attached.
IF everyone had RFID readers (like tikitags’) and IF the tags were dirt cheap (mass-produced, they wuld be, but no idea of actual figures), inserting them in books would mean you could do nice things like the above. Excuse the self-promotion (or get used to it, I’m afraid), but as well as the paperback of Bookkake’s edition of Venus In Furs, there are also free ebook editions available. So you can stick a linked RFID tag in the back of the book, and tapping it on the reader takes you to a page of free ebook editions of the same book.
Yup, I know it’s not very thrilling. The same could have been achieved with a QR code, a cuecat, or, yes, just by typing in the URL. But it’s something to play with. The idea of the tikitags is to use RFID to create an “internet of things”, linking physical objects to data and communication, as suggested by Bruce Sterling’s “spime” concept, in which objects with pervasive RFID and GPS tracking can record their history of use and interact with the world. There’s definitely something here, but haven’t thought of the best application yet. Something neat for bkkeepr? Stay tuned.