Additional use cases for RFID tags by implementing 3D printed push-button functionalities

Pauli Valo, Mirka Leino, Tommi Lehtinen, Johanna Virkki, Fideline Tchuenbou-Magaia, Anja Poberznik, Joonas Kortelainen, Antti Koivisto, Sari Merilampi

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Passive ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be embedded to objects and to the surrounding environment for identification and sensing. The potential of the technology can be further increased by designing new features, such as push-button functionalities, to the tags. In this study, the additional features were created in a unique way through 3D printing, as it enables the designing and manufacturing of versatile and individually tailored products. The first prototype was created around a commercial tactile push-button, while the second prototype was fully self-designed and based on thick two-sided tape and copper tape. These kinds of structures can be used to sense the state of the battery-free push-button wirelessly from a distance. Both prototype devices were found to be fully functional when tested with a hand-held RFID reader from a 1-meter distance by 4 people. Finally, care professionals were gathered to ideate versatile future use cases for the developed push-button prototypes as an assistive technology. New possibilities for using the buttons were identified especially for persons with limited cognitive and physical capabilities. The next steps are to first design special-purpose push-button objects based on these ideas and then 3D print prototypes of these objects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE 9th Electronics System-Integration Technology Conference, ESTC 2022 - Proceedings
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781665489478
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventIEEE Electronics System-Integration Technology Conference - Sibiu, Romania
Duration: 13 Sept 202216 Sept 2022

Publication series

Name2022 IEEE 9th Electronics System-Integration Technology Conference, ESTC 2022 - Proceedings


ConferenceIEEE Electronics System-Integration Technology Conference
Internet address


  • 3D printing
  • passive UHF RFID
  • push-button

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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