Happy Sunday! I am a Halloween enthusiast and I am looking for a more sophisticated and controlled way to activate my Halloween props as victims, I mean, people walk through my haunted house. I have used the parallax PIRs with great effect to trigger my props in the past, but have trouble escaping the PIRs myself as I roam through the haunted house trying to sneak up on someone.
So my thought is to purchase RFID tags / badges and add RFID readers to my props so that it only trips for the victims and not me or the other actors running through the haunt.
Any advice on good, cheap RFID tags and RFID readers that would work with a range of about 5 to 6 feet of each other?
I've used RFID tags before but I've never used any that can be read at that range- most of the tags I've used can only be read from about a couple inches maximum. To get something that can read at a range of several feet you would probably need to go with a Gen 2 UHF system in the 900MHz range- I believe these are capable of reading tags up to 37ft. Reading range has a lot to do with antenna size and power.
Post by propmaster2000 on Sept 12, 2016 15:33:11 GMT
Hi Spooky Dad, I am new here and found your post intriguing. I see it is almost a year old but since Halloween is approaching I thought I would comment.
I also have used RFID tags as means of ID to verify friend from foe. A good tag would be friend and no tag = foe. Since you are using some kind of motion sensing or beam trigger in your Haunted House, you could put a "step" pad just before your trigger device to disarm it for a few seconds, to give you time to pass.
The RFID tag could be placed in your shoe and you could step on the pad area with the unique identifier circuit (RFID-RC522) for identification. Know one else (but your actors) would have the tag embedded in there shoes. Since the TX/RX is a very short distance for the tag and RFID-RC522, this has worked well for me. And inexpensive. Just thought I would share my thoughts. Happy Halloween!
P.S. Here are a few links to some youtube videos of props and blinky stuff I have done for myself and clients: