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  • Editing Team 11:41 on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Is NFC Coming to the Apple iPad? 

    Apple-iPad-NFC-rfid-blogAccording to Apple Insider, the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent that refers to NFC technology. Although the patent isn’t specifically related to an existing product, it could mean that we’re going to see NFC capabilities in a forthcoming iPad or iPad mini.

    In iOS 7, Apple is still relying on other syncing methods, such as Wi-Fi. It will expand the capabilities of AirDrop to the iPhone and iPad, so files can be transferred wirelessly via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without the need to email them to another user. And at the iOS 7 keynote last month, Craig Federighi made a scathing reference to NFC, saying AirDrop does away with the need to ‘bump phones’.

    Perhaps Apple has had second thoughts. AirDrop is very handy (and it also exists on OS X, which is doubly useful), but it’s an Apple-only transfer method, and users could potentially use NFC to get their device to ‘talk’ to other manufacturers’ devices. More tellingly, NFC could also help Apple to roll out new payment services, where a phone exchanges data with a payment terminal in a store.

    You can read the Apple patent document now. It shows some intriguing mockups that describe how NFC would work on an iOS tablet or phone.

     
  • Editing Team 11:47 on March 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    vWand Stylus Adds External NFC to Any Device 

    vWand-NFC-stylus-rfid-blogAs is known to many, we can use NFC tags to do a variety of things. Although many new smartphones and tablets come with NFC capability, there are also many that are not. So what if you want to read NFC tags and your phone doesn’t support it? And what if you have to read NFC tags all day long for work and you don’t want to pick up your tablet and tap the tags thousands of times? The vWand can help.

    It’s a wireless stylus that reads NFC tags and transmits the results back to your device over Bluetooth. With the vWand, users can add external NFC to any device.

    The front of the device is a capacitive pen which works quite well when connected to tablets such as the iPad. To read NFC tags, you need to turn the pen around and tap its backside against the NFC surface. For example, you can launch a web page on the iPad or open an email client.

    Sistelnetworks is currently looking for partners to create software for and sell the vWand into different vertical markets. The company isn’t selling the vWand to the public yet, but it’s providing evaluation samples and developers kits through its sales team.

    A SistelNetworks rep said the pen alone costs around $100, while the SDK software costs quite a bit more.

    Though the vWand isn’t slated for the mass market just yet, the SitelNetworks rep said the device could eventually reach consumers or small businesses. Considering the emerging popularity of NFC and the fact that the iPad and iPhone don’t support it, just about anyone could make great use of this pen.

     
  • Editing Team 01:14 on December 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    FloJack Brings NFC Capability to Apple Devices 

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    As is known to many, iPhone 5 lacks NFC capability, which disappoints the NFC industry. Therefore, one group of developers aimed to do something about Apple’s omission. Startup NFC application developer Flomio has created the FloJack, a pocketsize, one-ounce dongle that serves as an NFC reader, able to be plugged into newer Apple mobile phones and iPod Touches, as well as iPad and Android devices.

    The FloJack plugs into an Apple device’s headphone jack, automatically pairing a user’s device with Flomio’s NFC Quick Actions suite of apps to enable NFC reads. “Every phone, PC and touchpad has one [jack],” says Tim Ronan, one of the company’s cofounders, “which means the FloJack can easily NFC-enable any iPhone, iPad, legacy Android phone or any other smartphone out there. It was meant to act as an invitation for everyone to join the NFC party.”

    The FloJack is compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 models, as well as the iPad, iPad 2 and iPad 3, along with the fourth and fifth generations of the iPod Touch.

    It is powered with the type of standard 3-volt lithium battery that can be purchased in stores. Because the dongle goes into sleep mode when not in use, the company estimates battery life at one year.

    For those looking to develop applications for the FloJack, the company also offers an Open FloJack software developer’s kit (SDK), to allow them to add NFC functionality to their iOS (iPhone-based mobile operating system) apps.

    If funding allows, the firm plans to begin a regulatory certification process for the device, and to start sourcing components manufacturers. By March 2013, the company expects mass production to be underway.

    According to the company, the FloJack is anticipated to cost $49, while the app to operate it would be free.

     
  • Editing Team 12:30 on August 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    New RFID & NFC iPad Kiosks for Self-service 

    iPad-kiosk-self-service-nfc-rfid-blogAccording to a press release from Lilitab, the San Francisco-based company, it has announced a new iPad kiosk set to debut at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt, at The Concourse at San Francisco Design Center, on Sept. 10-12.

    The company’s line of tablet computer kiosks will now include power management tools, RFID scanners and NFC capabilities.

    With these features, retailers, hotels, restaurants and events can provide customers with highly secured self-service with the new iPad kiosks. The head units offer tightly integrated magnetic stripe readers, with no exposed cables or attachments susceptible to damage or credit card fraud, the announcement said.

    “Working with a brand that is all about precision and quality, we needed a partner that could provide event hardware of the same standard. Lilitab’s products are well designed, engineered and built to make any brand experience look top notch,” said Todd Friberg, SVP and creative director for emg3, who partnered with Lilitab to create a custom iPad kiosk solution for a touring automotive road show.

     
  • Editing Team 15:37 on August 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Infinea Tab Turns Your iPad into a POS Device 

    Infinea-Pad-iPad-POS-RFID-blogThe mobile peripheral devices provider Infinite Peripherals, which works with Apple’s iPad touch 4th generation and the iPhone 4/4S, announced the launch of its Infinea Tab for iPad.

    The new Infinea Tab enhances the functionality of the iPad as an efficient, convenient, mobile point-of-sale (POS) device for retailers. It can save time for customers and staff as well as eliminate long lines in stores, which frees up checkout counter space.

    The Infinea Tab can be connected with the 30-pin connector on the iPad to add a magnetic stripe reader and a 1D or 2D barcode scanner, with Bluetooth and/or RFID reader options, which allows retailers to use an iPad as a point-of-sale (POS) device. An iPad integrated with the Infinea Tab can be used to read barcodes, magnetic data from credit cards and loyalty cards, and read-write data via RFID.

    With the enhanced functionality, the iPad can be used for inventory operations, corporate communications, Internet and Intranet access, along with customer signature acceptance and purchase receipts wirelessly printed or e-mailed.

    “After carefully listening to our customers and their issues, we can now meet all of their iPad POS needs with the smallest combination barcode and mag stripe reader for the iPad today,” said Jeffrey Scott, CEO at IPC.

    Infinea Tab is available under four configurations: the Infinea Tab MSR with a 3-track magnetic stripe reader, the Infinea Tab MSR 1D/2D with a 1D or 2D barcode scanner, the Infinea MSR 1D/2D BT with Bluetooth, and the Infinea Tab MSR 1D/2D BT RFID with an RFID reader.

     
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