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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 Nsolution to a specific set of problems rather as opportunities for newinnovations. The problem with such presentations is that some types of SR-RFID use may overshadow or completely hide alternative types ofapplications possible with the technology. In relation to SR-RFID, forexample, the notion of touch as an interaction method was dominant inalmost all examples we encountered related to SR-RFID-enabled phones.3. SR-RFID as preconditioned for domains other than designingFinally, our work found that most communication of the details of SR-RFIDwas, in essence, oriented toward implementing the technology. Suchcommunication routinely covered programming languages and detailedinformation of the workings of radio transmitters. However, the Touchproject found little information specifically tailored to interaction orindustrial designers.This led us to believe that the technology is predominately constructed forengineers and not design practitioners’ processes. That is not to say thatexisting data may not be used for conceptualisation. Rather, it emphasises theneed to search for alternative ways to approach technology specificallyoriented toward supporting industrial and interaction design.Toward SR-RFID as materialTo solve the aforementioned problems, I took up the perspective of designmaterials, which is presented in article 2 (Nordby, 2010). Design materialshelp us move attention from the relationship between users and SR-RFID todesigners’ interpretation of SR-RFID in making artefacts for other people. Italso moves attention from mapping individual interaction and interface typesto the creation of an overarching model covering important design-relatedaspects of SR-RFID technology.In interpreting technology as material, the problems mentioned previouslywere tackled. This involved focusing on aspects of SR-RFID important fordesign activities (problem 3), a clear definition of the physical and digital'matter' of SR-RFID (problem 1) and seeking to present the properties of thematerial in ways abstract from solutions (problem 2).This was useful as it enabled us to meet complex technologies by assessingtheir attributes in relation to a particular activity and re-conceptualise thetechnology so as to extrapolate these attributes. By doing so, complextechnologies like SR-RFID may be redefined into new material that can betreated more like traditional materials in design discourse by making themconsistent and more easily graspable for design.However, one must not confuse the definition of SR-RFID as design materialas a definitive perspective on SR-RFID technology. Rather, it is a consideredchoice, made by the people proposing it, which brings attention to particular66

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