RFID radios

For this system, you would have a speaker with an rfid reader, and laser-cut paper radios with rfid chips inside. The radios themselves are designed by musicians, charities, brands, and designers. When the paper radio is placed over the speaker it changes the radio station to what the artist has chosen. Other noises and interactions can be programmed in too. Alec Baldwin's radio for example could politely ask everyone to turn their lights off from time to time. People could have the paper radios around their house in different rooms. The supremes radio might be a better living room station. This system tries to add a little bit of fun to internet radio, and give people a connection with the artists they choose. The radios themselves would hopefully be cheap and collectible little sculptures, each one accessing unique stations. Although I've chosen radios as an example, the sculptures could look like anything.

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Above are some of the example radios that I made. At the time I had access to a great laser-cutter.
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In this illustration you see a chipped radio going over a speaker that would have an RFID reader inside.

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The flat-packed radios could be designed by musicians and artists, and sold as bundles with station subscriptions or song downloads with a service like itunes.

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An RFID radio in the kitchen

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My workstation at Umea, I miss that place.