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B E T W E E N T H E T A G A N D T H E S C R E E NChapter 2: The context of studyThe current approach, rooted in design traditions, is multidisciplinary and tobe able to unify all the aspects of the research topic, this work spans multipleresearch traditions, including design research, psychology, computer science,HCI and the social sciences. In the following text the context of study hasbeen divided into five sections. The first section concerns the Touch project.The second section takes up my perspective on interaction and industrialdesign. The third section presents SR-RFID and approaches related to it inresearch and practice. The fourth elaborates upon the concept of materials indesigning. Finally, the fifth section presents activity theory as a potentialapproach to analysing materials in design activity.THE TOUCH PROJECTThis thesis is part of a larger collaborative design research project calledTouch (2010). Touch investigates the use of SR-RFID in interaction design.The project has three main areas of interest: first, the development of newinteractive artefacts displaying novel use of SR-RFID; secondly,investigating cultural and visual aspects of SR-RFID as it is embedded insociety; thirdly, understanding SR-RFID as design material. The latterapproach is covered extensively in this thesis.One may view the research in the Touch project as a counterpoint to theRFID-related research performed inside engineering and HCI, which, ingeneral, concerns specific implementations of applications or are orientedtoward usability. The Touch project had a clear technology focus, but thetechnology was seen from the perspective of what it meant for designersrather than end users.Initially, Touch focused on Near-field Communication (NFC), a particularimplementation of SR-RFID oriented toward mobile phones. NFC isproposed, developed and marketed by the NFC forum. This is a joint ventureamong several leading technology companies. Their aim is to provide astandardised platform for short-range RFID technology on everydayelectronics (NFC-forum, 2009).12

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