Passive UHF RFID-based user interface on a wooden surface

Adnan Mehmood, Ville Vianto, Han He, Xiaochen Chen, Oguz Oz Buruk, Leena Ukkonen, Johanna Virkki

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We present a passive ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID)-based human-technology interface platform. The platform comprises of two dipole antennas and three integrated circuits (IC), each with a unique ID. The platform, which is fixed on a wooden table by cutting the antennas and antenna-IC interconnections from copper tape, can be used for push button and swipe controlling. Each IC can be activated, i.e., connected to the antennas, by touching with finger. As the RFID reader can be connected to any application through WIFI, these ICs can act as wireless input points integrated into furniture, items, and textiles, where they can be used as inputs to desired digital actions. The platform allows all connected devices to be controlled accurately and effortlessly, which will take the convenience of implementation and utilization of these systems to a new level. As a preliminary trial, the platform was tested by two people giving 200 random inputs and 98% and 99% success rates were achieved. Based on these results, this type of passive RFID-based solutions could be used for administrating interfaces that would administer wide variety of interaction modalities, such as touch or tangible interaction on flat surfaces (e.g., tabletop surfaces, walls, doors).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 Photonics and Electromagnetics Research Symposium - Fall, PIERS - Fall 2019 - Proceedings
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728153049
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventPhotonics and Electromagnetics Research Symposium - Xiamen, China
Duration: 17 Dec 201920 Dec 2019


ConferencePhotonics and Electromagnetics Research Symposium

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mathematical Physics


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