Some people fear RFID. Others are rolling up their sleeves to see just how much it can do. Curious? Grab your soldering iron, and your copy of RFID Toys, and let’s get started.
Your guide: Amal Graafstra, best known for self-implanting an RFID chip that lets him access his house, car, or PC with just a wave of the hand. You needn’t go that far: Graafstra will walk you through access-control projects that require absolutely no surgery. (Our favorite: the RFID-driven doggy door that lets in your pooch, and nobody else’s.)
Some “famous” business RFID apps are here, too. (Years ahead of Wal-Mart, you’ll create your own “smart shelf” that reads RFID merchandise tags, so you always know when you’re out of stock.) The parts are affordable, the tools are simple, and Graafstra’s step-by-step guidance is faultless. Bill Camarda, from the April 2006 Read Only