RFID reader for iPhone

[Benjamin Blundell] built an RFID reader for the iPhone. A jailbroken iPhone connects to this project box by patching into a standard iPhone USB cable. Like in past iPhone serial projects, [Benjamin] is using openFrameworks for the software interface. Right now this reader only detects low-frequency tags but he’s working on the code to read MIFARE tags as well. See the magic of a tag ID displayed on the screen in the video after the break.

[Thanks Andrew via Recombu]


  1. mrgoogfan says:

    but why?

  2. Most people probably don’t know that all major phone manufacturers like Nokia are pushing rfid readers into their phones and even rfid’s. This technology will be the basis for new authentication possibilities on the web and in the physical world. I hope Apple knows this and follows suite. Very nice project!

  3. MS3FGX says:

    Onboard RFID is the next logical step for cell phones, especially if they are ever going to make any headway into mobile payments. But knowing how long it takes Apple to adopt new technology, it will be about 5 years before we see it officially included in an iPhone…

  4. anon says:

    Do any phones have RFID readers installed?

  5. Remarknl says:

    but why?

    Posted at 11:45 am on Mar 14th, 2010 by mrgoogfan

    So you can read data from the oyster card and the ov-chipkaart



  6. ubi says:


    we also developed one for ipod touch.
    it has rechargeable battery.
    ours is based on SM130 by SonMicro. of course it reads mifare


    let us know what you think about it.

  7. Vaewyn says:

    The MIFARE/iClass tags are dead easy to read.. they just take a boatload of power. There are very few handheld readers because those things seriously suck the power when they are trying to power up a chip in the field. Current tricks to get around the power draw are to check capacitance (hand nearby) or an IR proximity sensor (card nearby) before powering up the coil.

  8. Mr_Bishop says:

    I am in no way a Apple fan, But I hope they add internal RFID reading into there products in the near future iPhones, iTouch,iMac, iNevergetlaid. With any luck some nice Android units will come out with it as well.

  9. vonskippy says:

    What, there’s no app for that?

  10. Itwork4me says:

    Just make one that shoots it wirelessly via that photo sd card or something. Wires!

  11. Gert says:

    RFID Zapper is the solution.

    OFF/ This website is a goldmine that every electrician/engineer/handy-man should look into.
    Cheap solutions for complex problems, hacks that point out obvious flaws. The only final thing they’ll need is http://blog.makezine.com/img_m488.jpg

    Hackaday is awesome.

  12. ACTISAM says:

    I wanted to know if we have to give a supply through the dock to micro controller. Does the battery of Iphone gives the power supply to the dock ?

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