Timo Arnall leads the Touch project at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway, investigating Near Field Communications (NFC) as a means of creating new situations and interactions through the use of mobile devices and RFID. His interdisciplinary team is focused especially on the social and cultural inquiry of these technologies.
Though much of this interaction is touch-based, a unique quality of NFC is the property of 'nearness,' where there is communication without touch. The video above, produced by Touch and BERG, very sensitively explores the physical implications of proximity, using RFID for much more than identification. Also included are other objects that exert influence through nearness: mobile phones, magnets, and moving air.
For more on RFID and NFC, browse the Touch blog here.
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