an idea discussed in Project Haiku
In many household, the kitchen fridge becomes an ad-hoc bulletin board, reminders board; it is a visible place to pin things we don’t want to forget. It can also be a scrapbook and informal photo gallery, a playful place for notes and communication, a place to display things we are proud of, a TODO board of reminders, an address book … and more. Information is layered on, with more recent pinnings obscuring older ones. The top of the fridge may be utilized by adults in the house, the lower part given over to children. It’s a rich, organically filtered and loosely organized trove of information which is transient and inaccessible the moment we step out of the room.
I propose making fridge magnets with NFC tags pointing at a unique URL for each magnet, and an easy way to capture what is under the magnet. You could place something under the magnet, touch your smartphone to it which opens your browser to a page with view/update controls. Update is either a file upload, getUserMedia-linked control or similar to attach an image and optional metadata. Together with the timestamp on each update, this builds an archive of information and a strong mnemonic to assist in recalling and retrieving it. Knowing the information is captured and retrievable, you could feel free to throw away things that otherwise linger just-in-case.
These magnets augment rather than replace normal usage. In practice they might be used alongside conventional fridge magnets. So attaching something to the web-enabled ones adds another dimension - perhaps it’s something we want to share (if our “fridge website” is made public) or something we expect to need to archive or view from elsewhere.