the Internet of Things [green]

Student Project for INDS 3B09: Design Research, Insights & Innovation
For the Industrial Design Department of the Ontario College of Art & Design,
team mentor Matthew Jones, Research Associate, Beal Centre for Strategic Creativity

Sunday, January 22, 2006

not so much OVER the phone

From 2005 travelers in the city of Hanau, near Frankfurt, Germany will be able to pay for bus tickets by passing their Nokia phones over a smartcard reader installed on the buses. Other applications for RFID enabled mobiles include swapping electronic business cards between phones, and using a mobile to check in at an airport or hotel. Two RFID enabled devices may also be used to enable peer-to-peer transfer of data such as music, images or for synchronizing address books.


this reminded me of jasmine and leslies flowspace project.


  • At 12:22 AM, January 22, 2006, Blogger heather said…

    Nokia worked closely with Philips to create the new shell and make it function with the ticket system already in use in Hanau.

    The trial will start early next year, and as well as offering payments the phone will let commuters download timetables and other useful information, e.g., news of delays or the next bus's arrival time. Nokia is hoping that this will lead to further trials across Europe, opening up a range of new services offered via mobile devices.

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  • At 9:37 AM, January 23, 2006, Blogger MDJ said…

    The newer Nokia phones all have latent RFID capability. This feature is not advertised but the company have been aware of the need to adress this potential for some time.

    Systems like the Amex/MC Paypass, Dexit, and Speedpass hope to pave the way for RFID transactions. Once "wireless" payment is accepted and even expected, these features can be unlocked in device service plans.

  • At 7:13 PM, January 23, 2006, Blogger heather said…

    that's interesting. so as people are replacing their phones they will be getting new ones with latent technology that can sort of..not realize by itself..but have this technology realized for it and then put into action right away. so then, implementation of the technology could happen quickly and be widespread because it is already dormant in the objects people are living with now.

  • At 11:23 AM, January 24, 2006, Blogger leslie* said…

    yeah - that is very interesting.

    it seems like this type of technology [like heather mentioned] already does exist in quite a wide range, but because it is dormant people just aren't aware.

    so maybe the issue - in terms of controversy - is that people feel threatened about the "invisibility" of the internet of things and more awareness is required.

  • At 5:20 PM, January 24, 2006, Blogger Brian said…

    my question would be - where is the public discourse on these issues? there seems to have been very little. does that represent acceptance or is it more accurate to say that we are largely uniformed. how are law makers addressing these issues?

    there seems to be this sense of inevitability that is attatched to technology. while some aspects of technology seem to be increasingly user driven, ie phenomena such as blogging, the remix culture, etcetera. much of the technology that is being developed in relation to the internet of things seems to still function in the traditional top down consumption model, and is being developed to serve mainly corporate interests.

    How will the open source/content generation respond to these issues? will they ask for a space at the table (I would say they have already begun to, as evidenced by semacodes and the like), and what kind of friction will be created between these interests?

  • At 4:49 PM, January 25, 2006, Blogger Jasmin Kwak said…

    Well!! this system are already working in Korea right now...
    whenever I use public transportation such as bus, or subway when I pay for it, i just have to scan my cell phone to the screen, and it addeds up the bill to the cell phone bill. Quite convinent!!!


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