At the Oxford Road branch of Oxfam in Manchester, TOTeM (Tales of Things and Electronic Memory) Art Project: RememberMe, are attaching stories to the things that people leave behind, and allow new owners to access them.
Using scanners, delegates of Future Everything and the general public will be able to listen to memories and buy objects that come tagged with their very own story.
TOTeM has created a new iPhone RFID reader especially for this piece Using a jailbroken phone and off the shelf circuits, the reader can replay memories by simply ‘swiping’ near the object. The team plan to release a ‘how to make your own’ breakdown of the device in the near future via the talesofthings.com site. The Oxfam store is also home to a Bluetooth ‘wand’ which works with Android phones. These devices bring the Internet of Things to life allowing all the objects catalogued with talesofthings.com to connect to any online media. The Oxfam Shop has been taking donations of all shapes and sizes that have been tagged with memories as part of the in-store exhibition.
The movie below shows some of our ‘internet of things’ tech running and the memories of past objects:
Thanks go to the whole TOTeM team with notable thanks to Benjamin Blundell, Duncan Shingleton and Martin de Jode for developing the technology and getting everything working.
You can of course tag anything and indeed everything yourself via http://www.talesofthings.com