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Mark Atwood
Idea. Arduino + RFID reader + wallet = location update
I want to learn how to program Arduino just for this project idea

Take an Arduino board with modules for either ethernet or wifi, and a module to read passive RFIDs.

Program it so that when someone slaps their open wallet against it, it finds the RFIDs in their transit passes, credit cards, employee ID cards, etc. It then looks the user up in a database, and updates their location in foursquare, brightkite, fireeagle, etc.

Has this already been done?
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rhonan From: rhonan Date: January 26th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Sure, and while we're at it, we could set a few of those readers to do a little wealth redistribution.
omahas From: omahas Date: January 26th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! That was my thought upon reading this exactly!
awfief From: awfief Date: January 26th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
obviously we should just implant RFID chips under our skin, with just our social networking ID's.
loganb From: loganb Date: January 26th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
You may have better luck w/a gumstix and USB RFID reader. It will probably cost only marginally more, but be much easier to program. The Arduinos are pretty under-powered for the network-related stuff, IIRC.

But if you are specifically looking to make it a µC project, I recommend the Teensy++ (http://www.pjrc.com/teensy/index.html). It still runs the Arduino platform, but has better stats and is waaay faster to program. Sounds like an awesome project!
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