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Connection Cushion

Connecting people through (a) physical object(s)

Connect to people ‘right here, right now’. Using the ‘connection cushion’, which is available at the conference, users can easily hook up their online profiles, while having drinks at the bar or sitting next to each other at a presentation.

System Flow

- Two people are somewhere together at Picnic and want to connect their online profiles.
- The Connection Cushion is lying nearby (or there’s somebody walking around with it)
- They both have to put their tags on the cushion:

Either:
Simultaneously: Requires 2 RFID readers
One after each other (after the first swipe, there’s a timeslot (say 5-10 seconds) for the second tag to be read)

- The Cushion gives feedback (physical, visible or maybe audible) to confirm the joining.
- Data is being sent to the host PC over Bluetooth and a request is being sent to the web server connecting the ID's.

List of required hardware + materials:

- Host computer (Bluetooth compatible)

- 1 or 2 SonMicro readers (hardware hacked/ pin lifted)
- 1 Arduino BT
- 4 rechargeable penlite batteries
- Battery holder & connection cable

- 1 or 2 Vibrators (use the top, one for each RFID reader)
[- Speaker / LED's]

- Cushion (HEMA)
- Cotton (to fill up the cushion)
- Felt (to hold all the electronics in place)
- Some fabric (to do the embroidering on if not on cushion directly)
- [Extra fabric to make a complete cushion out of]
- [Then we’ll need a zipper too]

Backup Plan / Performance People

Instead of having a mobile cushion that visitors can use, the experience could also be turned into somewhat of a ‘performance’. In this version there will be a person (the connector) who roams the rooms at picnic, allowing people to connect up to each other. The person will take the hands of two persons, one in each hand, and through this action link up their online profiles.

Contributions 
Comments (4)

It is.

You'll simply get the two tags returned one-by-one:

AA:BB:CC
BB:CC:DD
AA:BB:CC
BB:CC:DD

etc. This still does depend on physics, though. But if the tags are both sufficiently in-range to be activated, that's what happens.

Marco Wessel
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25 Jan 2008,2:52

SONMICRO READERS

I just read Marco's comment about the Sonmicro reader capable of reading two tags at the same time. Is that true? I am working on similar projects and would love some more info! thanks!

Anab Jain
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26 Sep 2007,17:06

Actually..

Even simultaneously you'd need only one reader. The SONmicro readers are capable of reading (that is, distinguishing between, which is what you need) two tags at the same time.

Marco Wessel
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24 Sep 2007,2:54

Some feedback required

What's important here is that the object (or something else close to the object) actually gives feedback on the fact that a connection is made - otherwise it could have been just a cushion...

Klaas Kuitenbrouwer
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22 Sep 2007,21:20
Comments (4)