GaussRFID: Reinventing Physical Toys Using Magnetic RFID Development Kits

ACM CHI 2016

Rong-Hao Liang, Han-Chih Kuo, Bing-Yu Chen

We present GaussRFID, a hybrid RFID and magnetic-field tag sensing system that supports interactivity when embedded in retrofitted or new physical objects. The system consists of two major components - GaussTag, a magnetic-RFID tag that is combined with a magnetic unit and an RFID tag, and GaussStage, which is a tag reader that is combined with an analog Hall-sensor grid and an RFID reader. A GaussStage recognizes the ID, 3D position, and partial 3D orientation of a GaussTag near the sensing platform, and provides simple interfaces for involving physical constraints, displays and actuators in tangible interaction designs. The results of a two-day toy-hacking workshop reveal that all six groups of 31 participants successfully modified physical toys to interact with computers using the GaussRFID system.

GaussRFID: Reinventing Physical Toys with Magnetic RFID Kits. Proc. ACM CHI 2016, 4233–4237.

Simple Development Kit for Physical Constraints, Displays and Actuators in Tangible Interaction Designs

Six physical toys are reinvented after 2 Day toy-hacking workshop.

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