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July 13, 2007

Intelligent Bookshelf Demo

at 5:03 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Electronic Hacks


This RFID bookshelf looks like it could be used to automate finding books on a large scale. This idea reminds me of the RFID enabled Wine Rack.

“Willem and Walter demonstrate what an intelligent bookshelf is capable of. The intelligent bookshelf demo is made as part of Willem and Walter’s graduation assignment at Working Tomorrow (www.workingtomorrow.nl), the graduation program of LogicaCMG (www.logicacmg.nl) in Holland. ”

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9 Responses to “Intelligent Bookshelf Demo”

  1. BrandonU Says:

    With 100’s of books in my collection, this may cut down on the “permanently” borrowed ones.

    BTW- Nice to see you back, Hacked Gadgets:)

  2. Mr. Maigo Says:

    Sounds great for a library. But I have having tags stuck inside or on stuff. No reason not to put them inside bindings on hard covers

  3. Alan Parekh Says:

    Thanks BrandonU, some unacceptable technical issues with my hosting provider was the cause of the downtime. ­čÖü

  4. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Mr. Maigo,

    I could see RFID tags starting to become permanent items in book bindings. It would make them very versatile.

  5. Jac Says:

    Looks similar to something which my local (near london, england) library already has, however this is more complex. My library has tagged each book as shown here, however they use it to automate the hiring process. You place your stack of books on the “till square” and the ariel beneath can then read all the RFID tags, all you then need to do is swipe your library card in the card reader. I like the bookshelf ariel idea though, would speed up the sorting and finding process greatly!
    Another good idea would be a handheld device, maybe something like a tracker.

  6. Clark Hummell Says:

    I just had a GREAT idea: LEDs!!!! TONS of LEDs, one for each book location, (get it?) OH! and voice activation, and then you could just walk up to it, “Where is my book?” PC then locates it, SAYS “Book not available” or “Book is here!” and then blinks the corresponding LED. o_O

  7. Alan Parekh Says:

    Great idea Clark, the more LEDs in a project the better. ­čÖé

  8. Paul Says:

    Hi, In Japan there are lots of these applications, fir instance for track & tracing clothes.
    Last year seen on a trade show. A clothing display in a shop. On top an lcd screen showing which sizes of jeans were stacked in the display. Customer: No need for asking: do you have size xx? Shopping assistant: has perfect overview which products/sizes. Some other applications can even show how many times a product has been taken out by customers. Shops can adjust their range of products.
    I think this RFID development would be a blessing for libraries. However, it’s important that the RFID is much smaller, invisible. A page is torn out easily. Take the book home, and leave the page at the library. But with the ongoing downsizing of the tags, the tags can be hidden in a the book, even incorporated in a sheet of paper. Keep up the good work.

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