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  • Editing Team 18:05 on December 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    SuperTooth Freedom Bluetooth Headphones Feature NFC Tech 


    A new set of wireless headphones have debuted from SuperTooth called the Freedom. The headphones use Bluetooth technology for wirelessly connectivity to your smartphone or other device. The headphones use an over the ear design and has launched this month online.

    The headphones have integrated NFC technology making it easy to pair them with compatible phones. The headphones use 40mm drivers promising high quality sound and bass. The Bluetooth tech in the headphones supports A2DP-enabled devices. The Freedom headphones also have controls on the ear cups for tracks, volume, and answering calls. The internal lithium ion battery is good for 15 hours of music playback per charge. Standby time for the battery is 1,000 hours and the charge time is three hours.

    The Freedom headphones have landed in the UK for £119. The headphones do ship with a 3.5mm audio cable for use with devices that don’t have Bluetooth.

  • Editing Team 17:47 on November 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bluetooth, earphone,   

    Asus Announces World’s First NFC-enabled Bluetooth 4.0 Headset 


    Asus has announced a headset which it claims to be the world’s first Bluetooth 4.0 headset to feature NFC technology. The EB50N earphones support one-touch pairing with smartphones and tablets, feature full-range stereo drivers, and boast a long battery life.

    With the inclusion of NFC EZ one-touch pairing technology, the Asus EB50N earphones can auto sync with any Bluetooth-enabled device held about an inch (3cm) away, or even closer. A multi-point connection mode means that they can also pair with devices simultaneously.

    The included Li-Pol battery offers up to 6 hours of continuous listening or talking, and users can also converse with two different people at the same time via the integrated microphone, or put one party on hold while chatting privately to the other. Though the product page currently claims 250 months on standby, the press release offers a more realistic 250 hours.

    Each earpiece is home to an 8 mm full-range driver with echo cancellation and noise isolation. The earphones have a reported frequency response of 20 Hz to 17 kHz, and 85 dB sensitivity (± 3 dB). The left earpiece is home to an LED indicator and power button, and the right sports a micro USB port for charging.

    At present, there is no word on pricing or availability.

  • Editing Team 16:20 on October 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bluetooth, bracelet,   

    Glocon Bracelet Combines NFC and Bluetooth 

    Glocon-bracelet-NFC-Bluetooth-rfid-blogGlocon, the combination of NFC and Bluetooth 4.0, will be launching on Kickstarter later this year.

    The waterproof bracelet includes a micro USB connection, vibration motor, LED glow strips and pressure sensors, which makes it ideal for receiving and displaying notification from a number of different devices thanks to the inclusion of both NFC and Bluetooth, the startup says.

    “Everything from the color glowing intensity to the vibration pattern can be configured on a Glocon device so that you can automatically identify who is calling you or what notification you have without having to look at your mobile phone,” the team explains.

    Glocon could function as a mobile wallet. Parents could top up their children’s bracelets and block them from spending in particular shops or impose payments limits remotely from a PC.

    Due to its 50 meter range, parents could also be notified in the same way when their child ventures out of range in a busy shopping center.

    The Glocon team is now seeking developers to work with its open SDK to create a wider ecosystem for not only payments but also other uses such as social marketing and access control.

  • Editing Team 17:52 on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NXP Releases New NFC Chips that Can Wake up a Host Device 


    NXP Semiconductors has released a new tag IC that can wake up a host device when it senses another NFC device in close proximity.

    Similar to the already-available NTAG203F, the NTAG21xF family of tag chips is designed for use in consumer electronics and mobile devices and connect electrically to both an NFC antenna and the items they are built into. The chip’s field detection mode can then be used to switch on the device when it detects an NFC interaction.

    The tags can be built into products such as headsets, sound bars and digital cameras as well as wearables such as smart watches, says NXP, and can be used for initiating Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing as well as other uses.

    The chips incorporate NXP’s second generation security features and also include a sleep mode, which allows the host device to temporarily disable the NFC tag. This enables the electronic device to hide its built-in tag from other NFC devices—a feature which NXP suggests could be useful if the host’s battery level is too low or for privacy reasons.

    The ICs are compliant with NFC Forum Tag Type 2 and are available in two versions, with the NTAG213F offering 144 bytes of memory which the NTAG216F has 888 bytes. The chips went into mass production in mid-July and are now available for sampling, said NXP.

  • Editing Team 17:39 on August 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Nokia NFC-powered “Treasure Tag” Helps You Find Lost Items 


    Nokia is ready to release its “Treasure Tag”, a proximity sensor accessory for Lumia handsets that uses a combination of NFC and Bluetooth to track lost items, reports The Verge.

    The tags will use Bluetooth 4.0, after establishing a connection using NFC and will allow you to attach a loop mechanism to a set of keys, for example, so that you can see where they were left.

    There is also an accompanying app showing the location of the Treasure Tag on a map using Bluetooth. Simply boot up the app, look at the map or through your phone’s display, and Nokia will tell you where your keys are.

    Treasure Tags will have around six months of battery life and come with a strap, designed to enable the device to be attached to a bunch of keys.

    Nokia has been adding plenty of applications to Windows Phone in order to make the platform more desirable, and this is the next step. The Verge didn’t say when it will roll out, or how much the tags will cost, though NFC is a relatively cheap medium so they should be rather affordable.

  • Editing Team 17:31 on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Blazar Speaker Uses NFC for Easy Pairing 

    Blazar-Bluetooth-speaker-NFC-easy-pairing-rfid-blogAmong many newly announced wireless speakers, Blazar distinguishes itself with a few neat features, including stereo pairing and NFC. It has Bluetooth, a microphone for talking to Siri or people who call you on the phone and 360-degree sound. But what we’re interested in is the NFC and stereo.

    More speakers are adding stereo capability. Some have it built-in, but two speakers in one box doesn’t give much separation. The Blazar opts to connect to another speaker, and then each speaker becomes either the left or the right channel. Yes, this means you need two speakers, but perhaps the idea is to get you to buy more.

    More interesting is the NFC. Although the details aren’t clear, it will be used for easy pairing. Probably it’ll be used to pair not just the speaker with the source phone, but to pair the speakers themselves.

    The Blazar will be on sale soon, for an as yet unannounced price.

  • Editing Team 17:22 on March 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    PLDS In-car NFC Pairing System Lets You Wirelessly Pair Your Phone 

    PLDS-in-car-NFC-wireless-pairing-system-rfid-blogWhen you are charging your smartphone in your car, you are perhaps annoyed by the wires. Now PLDS can help you with its NFC-based in-car Bluetooth pairing and charging system.

    The system is set in a car’s center console and it would let you wirelessly pair your NFC-enabled smartphone to enable Bluetooth audio sharing and charging.

    To start the system, you need to start your car and place your NFC-enabled phone on the NFC charging pad in the center console. A prompt will then appear on your car’s touch screen asking if you want to pair your device. Tap “Yes” and your phone will automatically pair with your car’s telematics system, allowing you to stream audio, sync apps and more.

    The system uses the MirrorLink standard, which allows you to manipulate your phone via your car’s touch screen. With that kind of technology, you’d be able to access any and all apps stored on your phone.

    Of course, in its final implementation, automakers would limit your phone’s functionality, so you wouldn’t be able to play “Angry Birds” while behind the wheel.

  • Editing Team 14:30 on February 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Jabra Motion Headset Features Easy NFC Paring 


    Wireless audio specialist Jabra’s new Jabra Motion headset features easy NFC pairing.

    “You simply tap the headset with your NFC-enabled devices to connect,” says the company.

    The high end Bluetooth headset features a folding boom for easy “pocketability” and incorporates motion sensors to register any movement instantly: “When you pick up the headset — the call is answered simultaneously; when you start walking, the speaker volume is automatically adjusted; just as it will turn off and takes a power nap when laid down,” says Jabra.

  • Editing Team 11:07 on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Parcel Tag Lets You Know If Your Parcel Has Been Treated Properly 

    parcel-delivery-RFID-blogA British invention company called Cambridge Consultants has developed DropTag, a gadget that combines a battery, a low-energy Bluetooth transmitter, an accelerometer and a memory chip. The gadget uses RFID technology and can track your parcels.

    The tag is stuck on a parcel as it leaves an e-commerce warehouse. The idea is that when the courier puts it in your hands, you turn on Bluetooth on a smartphone running a DropTag app and scan it before you sign for it. A readout then shows what’s happened to the parcel in transit, with the option of a graph that shows you if the box has been mistreated – and when. If it has clearly been beaten up, you don’t sign and refuse delivery.

    The $2 tag will run on a coin battery for “many weeks”, the inventors say, and there may be incentives for the parcel deliverer to reuse it after scanning.

    At the moment DropTag is a solution in search of a user. British patents are already filed, but Cambridge Consultants hopes a major delivery chain or e-commerce firm will buy into the tech at the massive Hannover Messe tech fair in Germany in April.

  • Editing Team 15:28 on February 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    What Keeps NFC from Moving Forward? 

    Tylt-Tagstand-NFC-grow-rfid-blogNFC is one of the closest technologies we have to actual magic. It’s an extremely low-power radio signal that allows data to be transferred from a poster or sticker to a system like a smartphone. In this way, it can enable all sorts of new user experiences that can connect the digital world to our physical environment. For instance, you can unlock your car with a wave of your phone.

    Tylt is an NFC hardware manufacturer. The company recently partnered up with Y Combinator software startup Tagstand, an Android app, switched on by an NFC sticker and can activate all sorts of other apps to carry out tasks automatically.

    A Tylt NFC tag on your nightstand can trigger your Tagstand to turn off alerts and activate the alarm. An NFC tag placed at your desk can tell your phone to open Evernote, tether your phone’s 4G to your laptop, mute your ringer, and remind you in 30 minutes to get off Twitter.

    However, consumers are not quite familiar with NFC and don’t know what the technology can do for them. In other words, NFC tags have been a tabula rasa lacking the necessary consumer context. That’s why Tylt and Tagstand are refocusing a partnership around specific devices: a Bluetooth speaker and a phone dock, for example.

    Some retailers make products better for consumers by narrowing their scope. Telling a consumer less things they can do with something could make them more apt to buy it (or at least understand it).

    And maybe this is why the focus of NFC today has mostly been around payments, whether it’s Google Wallet or else. Maybe we do need a special speaker, phone dock, or wallet to make consumers begin to understand NFC, but hopefully those products will truly show the tech’s ingenuity.

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