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Stand still so I can pick you up!

Can RFID be hot? Dating game applications with RFID.

RFID applications are usually seen handy in the not-too-sexy parts of our everyday lives: logistics and retail. We at Nordic ID have been in the frontline of hotter and more fashionable RFID solutions.  However, there have been even wackier ideas to make the most of RFID. JR Leskinen, a columnist for a Finnish financial newspaper Kauppalehti, wrote a column about RFID-enhanced lifestyle. A friend of his described how technical innovations help in the geeky dating scene in the famous MIT.

Guests arrived at a student party and stated their favourite actors, music, sexual preferences amongst with political and religious views and relationship statuses at the registration. They were then given smart nametags. Those tags were equipped with LED-lights and RFID-esque microchips. When two people were close enough, those LED-lights lid up indicating if the person was worth even talking to (five green lights = perfect match, five red ones = you need more punch or you have to be extremely adventurous).

Considering this socio-technical experiment was conducted in 1997, it is interesting that so few sexy RFID-applications have been invented. Leskinen also points out a more glamorous, the truly ultimate-jetset-RFID-idea. In 2004's Barcelona, a local glitzy nightclub injected RFID-chips under their VIP-customers' skin. To enter the VIP-perimeters, all the young, posh and loaded party people needed to do was to wave their hands.  This chip worked also as a credit card at this particular club: no dirty cash needed in hands of those glamorous jetsetters. Only the religious circles were not pleased: under-skin-RFID-chip was considered as the sign of devil. But hey, isn't partying with the devil everyone's secret dream?

Leskinen has also an opinion on drawing Nokia out of its present difficult situation: invent a sex phone! Just name it nicer, though. All these facts that matter in a dating-potential evaluation would be added to a social network database, with proper truth-bending, white lies and sugar-coating of course, and off you would go walking around the town. The phone would then beep and vibrate with a lovely aura when The One walked past. Obviously, if your present partner walks near you, you would feel a rather intimidating, conscience-awakening spike in your pocket.

4 comments on “Stand still so I can pick you up!”

  1. Posted 15 June 2011 at 21:26:40

    A friend of mine thought this is an excellent idea. Makes a single woman's life so much easier.. :D

  2. Gravatar of Hanna ÖstmanHanna Östman
    Posted 16 June 2011 at 09:41:05

    Absolutely. An automatic filter like that would be a revolution for the dating world.

  3. Posted 16 June 2011 at 21:17:04

    Yeah, defo!
    Could easily skip all the trouble. :)

  4. Posted 25 May 2012 at 06:24:41

    Genius! Only at MIT!

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