Live Forever with RFID Technology
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For those of you who would take your mobile phones with you to the grave. John Bottorff, General Manager of Objecs LLC, could have the next very best thing. The Personal RosettaStone is a little tablet mounted on a headstone that uses a microchip to access a person’s life history. Everyone visiting the grave with an NFC-RFID cellphone merely taps the phone on the headstone and the information is displayed on their interface. NFC phones, even though accessible overseas, are not expected to be obtainable in America until late 2010, but American users can still access the data loaded on the stone by snapping a photo or manually entering a short url.
“Objecs purpose in life is the exchange of data between folks and objects at the individual level.” says, Bottorff. What began out as a heady mission of connectivity, has shifted focus to (of all things) headstones. Historically, Objecs primary source of revenue has been object hyperlinking for the purposes of point-of-need to have learning, the act of accessing info at the time and place of need. This methodology is efficient since the desire to learn is most heightened when in the context of a actual-world require. Picture that you are trying to fix an air conditioner. You have disassembled the unit and come across an unfamiliar component you simply scan the barcode or 2D barcode on the item with your mobile phone and the part’s function and schematic appear on your screen— this is one application of object hyperlinking. Object hyperlinking can be accomplished by way of numerous media such as 2D barcode, direct dial, hardlink, image recognition and RFID, all services which Objecs provides.
The Individual Rosetta Stone itself is the result of Bottorff putting two and two together. A client in Portugal contracted Objecs to install object hyperlinks on the dilapidated, 600 year old headstones on his property as a indicates of identifying them via cellphone— an simple sufficient request since accessing data via hardlinks is much more typical in Europe. Around this identical time John and his wife lost a family members member and found themselves underwhelmed by what the memorial marketplace was offering. Right after exploring several technologies, they came up with what is now the Personal Rosetta Stone answer.
The Personal Rosetta Stone is a tablet about the size of an iPhone engraved with six symbols chosen from a library of over 600, to represent that person’s life. The tablet can be kept as an heirloom or professionally installed on the headstone itself. The owner adds up to 1,000 words and 1 photo to the database via a site. The details is then offered by tapping any NFC enabled phone to the tablet, manually entering the URL on any internet-enabled phone or utilizing image recognition. The tablet uses the elecromagnetic field of the phone to power the microchip for about a second, the time essential to transmit the information, generating batteries unnecessary and contributing to the longevity of the the technologies. Sometime Following 90 days on the database, the info begins to solidify and becomes more difficult to change transforming to a permanently archived state in several locations that might contain Canada, the US and Egypt. So if Objecs goes out of business, your life history won’t be threatened. This is 1 significant point of distinction between Individual RosettaStone and traditional memorial sites whose data is generally proprietary and would disappear with them.
Objecs also provides a Rosetta Stone Item that is a 55mm disc, like a big coin, installed directly into a headstone, park bench or other statuary. This product version is not accessible directly to the public, but through headstone providers globally.
The technology behind the Individual Rosetta Stone earned Objecs one of ten finalist spots in the commercial track of the NFC Forum’s Global Competition. The Near Field Communication Forum was formed to advance the use of Near Field Communication technologies by creating specifications, ensuring interoperability amongst devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technologies. NFC is a short-range high frequency wireless communication technologies which enables the exchange of information between devices up to about 10 centimeter distance. It is an extension of RFID that combines the interface of a smartcard and a reader into a single device.
The Individual RosettaStone’s unpredicted success has thrown the five individual staff at Objecs into a frenzy, forcing them to adjust to a new business model and operations practically overnight. “We floated a tiny, nearby IT press release, and that single release generated an almost immediate global response.” Says Bottorff. Objecs has had to step out of the realm of becoming solely a software program company and into the realm of fixed assets and tools. Since they are manufacturing the tablets themselves, they had to contract outside help. A second generation stone mason has come onboard, and allowed them to install a microchip inside a rock. “We’ve been fortunate to make connections with key people who are fantastic at what they do with the rock. There are actual challenges involved when working with granite and a microchip. Challenges that virtually looked like deal breakers, but they’ve found a way around it.” continues Bottorff.
The success of the product is indicative of a cultural shift occurring around the way we exchange and archive information. How lengthy has it been since we’ve observed even the slightest alter in the memorial marketplace? Breaking into this sacred and seemingly unchanging industry speaks volumes about the mobile movement and the new approaches in which humans are ready to obtain and process information. As Bottorff puts it, “Those in the memorial business have not had much want for mobile technologies, so I get to witness a accurate Aha! Moment when I hand them my phone, they’re playing with it, they touch it to a rock and instantly see an obituary or loved ones tree. This is the face of progress.”
For a lot more data on Objecs and the Individual Rosetta Stone, visit: http://www.objecs.com or call 1-888-692-7009, Ext 701