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  • Editing Team 15:20 on February 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    List of NFC Products 

    NFC has long been tied with mobile payments. However, the mobile payments trend has been slow to take off. In fact, paying for items with one’s phone seems to be the least common use for the close-range connectivity technology right now, at least based on gadgets unveiled at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show).

    Basically, all products using NFC shown at the CES employed the technology in one of the two ways: To set up a sort of digital connection between a mobile device and another gadget, or as a way to share information between products with just a tap.

    Here are some products that use NFC (not all of these were announced at CES):

    Virtual press kits and business cards — Various companies use NFC as a fast way to share their contact information and press releases. To access the information, people just need to tap their NFC-enabled phone to the item, typically a wristband or business card. Samsung, for example, handed NFC-enabled wristbands to all attendees at its press conference. Sharp also gave out business cards embedded with its press release.

    Information points such as posters — Caesars Entertainment, owner of eight hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, installed more than 4,500 interactive Samsung TecTiles in its resorts. Anyone with an NFC-enabled device will be able to tap the various TecTiles for information such as show times, restaurant menus, and ticket purchases.

    Speakers — Many new speakers use NFC to pair with a smartphone, yet the music is not actually streamed to the system via NFC but is shared through Bluetooth. Samsung and Sony are two notable companies with NFC speakers.

    Headphones — The function is much like wireless speakers. Users tap their phone to the headphones to allow pairing for the transfer of music. Sony also makes these headphones.

    Boomboxes and other music players — Sony, again.

    Cameras — At least two cameras introduced at CES included NFC capabilities: the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 and the Panasonic Lumix TS5. Along with built-in Wi-Fi, the cameras should enable “the widest range of remote shooting options, remote viewing, and instant sharing on social networks.”

    TVs — LG and Sony were two big companies showing off NFC-enabled TVs at CES. Like with audio devices, NFC is used to pair a phone to the TV by tapping the two together.

    Remote controls — Users tap their phones to their remote instead of their TV to pair the device to the television. Sony is one company doing this.

    Appliances — LG showcased a number of washers, dryers, ovens, refrigerators, and vacuums with NFC technology. After pairing the appliance with a phone, users can program their products from afar, such as turning on a washing machine while still in the office.

    Smart kitchen items — Panasonic has made an NFC-enabled rice cooker and a steam microwave oven. Users can search for recipes and program cooking instructions using their smartphones.

    Computers — HP has announced the SpectreOne all-in-one desktop PC in last September, which incorporates NFC technology. Via a sensor built into the base of the unit, users can log into the SpectreOne or transfer files to it by simply swiping a smartphone or another device equipped with NFC. HP’s Envy 14 Spectre ultrabook also includes NFC, as does Sony’s Vaio Tap 20 mobile desktop PC.

    Smart meters for utility companies — Landis+Gyr in late 2011 said it was working with NXP Semiconductor on energy management products with integrated NFC.

    Digital bubble gum machine — Last July, digital advertising agency Razorfish developed a high-tech prototype version of the gun ball machine, which allows users to download digital content like apps and movies to their NFC-enabled phone for a small fee.

    Heart monitor — A joint venture called Impak Health has developed the RhythmTrak heart monitor. The product can track certain heart-related data, which can then be downloaded or sent to a clinician by placing it next to an NFC-enabled phone.

    Wii U — It’s not really clear how NFC will be used in this Nintendo console, but it may allow users to do things like add new characters to games.

    Cars — An NFC-enabled smartphone will be able to unlock Hyundai cars by 2015.

     
  • Editing Team 22:28 on December 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    HP Released Various Products, All Come with NFC 

    HP-Elitebook-Revolve-NFC-rfid-blogHP has released the latest business tablet, which transforms “with a flick of the wrist” from an ultrathin notebook to a touch-enabled tablet, and with NFC functionality.

    The HP Elitebook Revolve’s touch screen pivots to let users share their work or revolves and folds to become a tablet. The Windows 8 device also offers enterprise class docking capabilities, a magnesium chassis and a Corning Gorilla Glass screen.

    The machine comes with what HP calls “secure NFC”, hinting that it may be able to handle more than simple pairing and sharing applications.

    The Elitebook Revolve is expected to become available in the US in March 2013, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.

    Earlier this year, HP launched an ultrathin hybrid laptop PC — the Envy x2, which comes with NFC functionality and features a detachable screen, enabling it to work as both a tablet and a notebook.

    “Customers no longer have to choose between a product that lets them create rich content and another that lets them enjoy entertainment on the go — they can have both in one device,” says HP.

    In addition, HP has also launched an all-in-one PC and a mouse, which are both NFC-enabled.

     
  • Editing Team 08:33 on September 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    HP Announced First NFC-enabled Mouse and Other Various PC Accessories 

    HP-NFC-mouse-PC-accessories-rfid-blogHP has not only unveiled all those laptops, but also various other PC accessories.

    Among these accessories, the most remarkable might be the Touch to Pair Mouse, which can paired with another device through tapping, using NFC technology. Luckily currently lots of computers have NFC. And if yours is not NFC-enabled, the mouse will still work well as a regular Bluetooth device. The NFC-enabled mouse is expected to come into the market in November, priced at $39.

    Besides, HP also announced the X6000 which has four-way tilt scrolling. The mouse can be used on most surfaces, including glass. Coming this month, this mouse is priced at $59.

    If you want something simpler, there’s also the Wireless Mouse X4500 and X5500 for your choice. Both will be available this month for $29 and $39 respectively.

    In addition to all these mice, HP has also unveiled the $29 Wireless Classic Desktop keyboard and the $49 Wireless Elite v2. For audio lovers, there’s the HP Portable Bluetooth Speaker, which will go on sale next month for $79. The 90W universal power adapter for $80 (more or less) is claimed to be compatible with most laptops and has a built-in USB port, allowing you to charge a mobile device at the same time. Finally here’s the $89 Webcam HD 4310, capable of 1080p video, autofocus, autoexposure and three-way video calling.

     
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