Analog/Digital interface for books/learning/exploring

In my Digital Humanities class we started to talk about the possibilities for RFID tags in books.  There was the example of a dutch library that had systems that could triangulate and guide users to books, provide abstracts and synopses based on a book’s tag, suggest related books, and even provide suggestions based on a borrower’s history.

To me, this suggests the idea of library stacks as a massive interaction membrane.  Much more efficient than search in flatland, an RFID library coupled with a handheld device would allow a user to browse books, ordered by similarity, get synopses, reviews, or even scholarly annotations on books, have access to similar electronic resources, etc.  It strikes me that the possibility space of this interface is huge.  Standing in front of just one section of books offers quicker access to more information more efficiently than searching a web catalog. (web catalogs are excellent for searching, but horrible for browsing.  this proposed interface would combine the two)  There’s enormous potential in using existing analog resources and viewing digital accessories as extenders rather than alternatives.  And this is the connection to neosentient systems: the digital as augmenting, connecting, enhancing existing analog interfaces.

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