RFID chips are nothing new: they have been around since the 1970s and are used for a wide variety of things from race timing to passports, and from libraries to human implants. However we don’t often see take a prominent place in the home, and considering their versatility there is definitely scope for it.
Violet have been looking at internet enabled devices for a while, so it is no surprise that they have decided to utilise the technology behind RFID chips. They have done this by creating the Mir:ror which allows you to interact with your computer using everyday devices.
At first glance this little device looks, unsurprisingly, like a mirror, with a nice ring of LEDs surrounding it giving it a nice friendly ambience. When you open the box you are confronted with the said mirror as well as two nano:ztag (I will explain in a minute!) mini rabbits and three small Ztamps (or for every normal person: stamp shaped RFID devices)
The Mir:ror connects to your PC through the ever versatile USB ports, and then sits there next to your PC looking pretty, but not doing an awful lot. The magic comes when you get one of your nano:ztag rabbits (small vaguely rabbit shaped plastic RFID devices) and put it on top of the Mir:ror and navigate yourself to the Mir:ror website.
What this allows you to do is ‘programme’ the RFID chips to perform certain tasks when they go on the Mir:ror such as open up a certain web page, lock your computer or as the publicity video shows start up a kids computer game. You can put an unlimited (well, obviously there is a limit but it is very high, and there is only a limited number of tasks that the website is set up to allow you to do) number of different tasks on it as well, meaning you can set up your work space with next to no effort.
Having mastered the plastic rabbits you can move onto the Ztamps which are exactly like the rabbits in most respects, just a hell of a lot more useful. As these are small (stamp shaped to be precise) you can attach them to any number of household items which means you can create relevant tasks to go with them: such as opening up a web page on traffic when you put your car keys on it.
In fact the number of things you can do with them stops only with your imagination, and combined with the fact they have their own email address allowing people to email you messages which are read when the chip is passed over the Mir:ror they could really make your life a lot easier.
This concept is fairly simple, but if you are prepared to set it up then we can see this benefiting your life. Imagine sending a postcard with one of these Ztamps to someone allowing them to instantly view your holiday snaps? Things like this are not only possible but easy to do, and hopefully there will be scope for manual programming allowing for even more versatility.
Forgive me for sounding like a brochure but I really am taken with this little idea and I can see how something like this could work really well not only at home but in offices as well. Unfortunately the price (not yet released) will probably be high enough to put most people off, but we can still dream!