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  • Editing Team 11:47 on August 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    3D-printed RFID Rings to Replace Fare Cards in Boston 


    Fare cards can be annoying, for they’re usually flimsy and easy-to-lose. A group of students from MIT have integrated high-tech solution into the system while making it fashionable to wear.

    The Sesame Ring borrows design elements from the MIT class ring. These 3D-printed rings are implanted with RFID tags so all you need to do is tap them against the sensor when you’re running for the train. And because they’re 3D-printed, you can customize the color and the design down to the pattern on the ring face.

    The rings can be refilled at the kiosk. They are already integrated on the entire MBTA (the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) system in Boston, though the team of MIT students plans to spread the technology around the world.

    The Sesame Ring is already being used by a bunch of folks affiliated with the project in Boston, and a new batch will soon arrive to hundreds of backers on Kickstarter. In the near future, the team hopes the rings won’t just be used on public transit. They’re inviting backers to vote on other uses for the rings.

  • Editing Team 16:20 on February 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Flomio Launches 3D Printed Objects with Embedded NFC Tags 

    Flomio-3D-printed-objects-NFC-tag-rfid-blogNFC specialist Flomio has launched a new service that makes 3D printed objects carrying embedded NFC tags.

    The company’s NFC Custom 3D Printables can be produced from standard ‘.stl’ 3D files, which can be created using three dimensional modeling templates offered by services such as Blendswap and Shapeways. Models of up to 15cm by 15cm by 15cm can be produced, at a cost of US$0.50 per cubic centimeter plus a $4 handling fee, along with the cost of the NFC tag and shipping.

    Customers can choose the size of the object they want, the type of NFC tag required and pick from three colors: white, green or blue.

    “We have developed a process by which we embed the tag within the object,” said Richard Grundy, co-founder and CEO of Flomio, “This is different from simply attaching a sticker tag to the bottom that anyone can remove.”

    Flomio recently raised US$96,145 via Kickstarter to put FloJack, an NFC add-on for the iPhone, into production. The company is also working with other NFC innovators, such as Gema Touch, which is introducing a multi-command tag with five NFC chips and Capify, which is introducing a range of NFC baseball caps.

    “At Flomio we’re focusing on offering all the tools for people to innovate with NFC,” says Grundy. “Ubiquity is what matters. We’re offering ideas, helping DIY-types get started, and inviting everyone to join the NFC party.”

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