make things talk

Digital storytelling with RFID technology - beyond tablets and touchscreens.

After the small success of the project "162 ways to die", the playful principle was further developed and became a product of its own.
Make things talk is perfectly suited to communicate digital content in museums and exhibitions in an easily accessible way. Instead of dealing with an interface, make things talk focuses on physical objects.


The hardware was developed in a way that the user does not have to deal with the technology. The user can get it running in fewer steps with simple instructions. The heart of make things talk is a Raspberry PI, which reads the RFID tags and stores the associated videos in a local database.The housing and the inner life was designed so that it can be installed in any exhibition.


The user does not need to install anything on MTT. The necessary software is automatically provided by the box via its own WIFI. The primary function of the software is to link an RFID tag to a video and play it back. To do this, the user only has to go through 3 steps:
1. Place an RFID tag on the box
2. Select a video
3. Place the RFID tag on the box again to play the video

Next steps

Several boxes with all functions have already been created. The first box also reached its first user, who wanted to use it in projects in a school context. Exhibitions are also already planned at the Deutsches Museum and Städtische Museun Landsberg am Lech. Unfortunately, everything had to be postponed due to current situation.