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  • Editing Team 18:15 on July 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Spanish Hotel Provides Information to Guests via NFC 


    The Aimia Hotel in the resort of Port de Sóller, Mallorca, is using NFC to provide information on local services to guests via a tap of a mobile phone.

    A printed panel containing NFC tags, designed and managed by NFC and social media solutions provider GeoCrono, has been placed in the hotel’s reception area. Guests can tap to access information about public transport, places to visit and weather forecasts as well as downloadable maps, the hotel’s Wi-Fi password and its restaurant menu.

    The panel is expected to reduce “cost and unnecessary queues at reception”, GeoCrono says, and “enhance the guest experience.” The panel also includes QR codes for guests without NFC phones.

  • Editing Team 14:51 on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Adds Video Messages to Greeting Cards 


    U.S.-based startup Tap For Message is using NFC to add personalized audio and video messages to greeting cards, stickers, hang tags and gift card holders.

    NFC phone users can record their message using their smartphone before transferring the greeting to the gift or card by tapping the tag embedded in the gift label. The gift recipient then just taps or scans the label with their own phone and the message is played on their handset.

    “The technology bridges the gap between social media and traditional paper based greetings,” says co-creator Kadeer Beg. “Social media cannot deliver a physical gift, and traditional paper based cards cannot deliver video messages.”

    The labels can also be used for invitations to weddings, parties and corporate events, and the company offers integrated solutions for Internet retailers so that buyers can send video messages with gifts they buy online.

  • Editing Team 09:25 on April 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Helps You to Find Your Pets 

    NFC-identification-tag-pets-rfid-blogNFC Israel has teamed with printing and packaging provider Tadbik Group to launch FindMyPet, an NFC identification tag for pets.

    After tapping the FindMyPet tag for the first time, pet owners can register their contact details then attach the tag, which also comes printed with a QR code, to their pet’s collar. Whoever finds the lost pet can then tap the tag to see the owner’s contact details while an email is automatically sent to the owner with the pet’s location.

  • Editing Team 12:12 on April 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Restaurant in Poland Tries NFC Table Stands 

    Masala-NFC-table-stands-rfid-blogAn Indian restaurant in Wroclaw, Poland, has deployed NFC-enabled table stands and NFC stickers from the local NFC specialist NFC Group.

    When customers tap the NFC tags embedded in the “table tent” stands with their smartphone or tablet, they are directed to a landing page, where they can find out more about the Masala Grill & Bar or “like” the restaurant’s Facebook page.

    NFC Group’s Karol Skraba said that although the technology is still little known in Poland, the company had seen an encouraging amount of interactions at the venue.

  • Editing Team 09:31 on March 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Film Festival Uses NFC Posters to Provide Information 


    NFC is making its way to nearly every aspect of our life. The Go Short film festival, held in the Dutch city of Nijmegen from 13 to 17 March, used NFC tags to provide movie-goers with information on upcoming screenings and locations.

    Netherlands-based startup Tag N Tap provided posters with embedded NFC tags and QR codes across the festival site. By tapping or scanning, users were directed to a mobile website with details of timings and venues.

  • 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 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 17:48 on February 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    London Pub Uses NFC for Social Media Marketing 

    London-pub-NFC-social-media-marketing-rfid-blogThe London-based Cavendish Arms pub has installed a platform which uses NFC and QR codes to promote the venue via social media.

    Customers can scan the QR codes or tap their NFC phones to tags located throughout the pub to connect through Facebook and get a special offer, such as a free drink. Each tap sends a message to their friends on Facebook and Twitter, telling them that they are at the pub and the current events such as the band or comedian performing that night.

    “The Cavendish Arms event planners can set up the messaging on Facebook, Twitter and email and schedule it to occur precisely when they want it to,” explains LifeSynk, the system provider. “Monday to Wednesday is the open mic comedy event, and when people touch their phones on these days, specific info about the comedy is shared. Then on Thursday is something else and the messaging changes to reflect what’s going on, automatically, using the built-in scheduler.”

    “Giving away a free drink sounds expensive, but for each person who interacts with the system means a reach of 250 or more per user because of the friends who are exposed to their customized message.”

    “Asking people to Tweet or check in at pubs is difficult, they just don’t do it and also the pubs can’t control or track what is being said. When using LifeSynk, the pub gets all the control and users will follow the steps required to get their incentive.”

  • Editing Team 15:55 on February 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Use Samsung TecTiles? 

    In the previous article, we introduced how to use S Beam. This one will talk about how to use the Samsung TecTiles.

    With TecTiles, you can adjust settings on your phone depending on where you happen to be at the moment, with fewer taps.

    To use the TecTiles, first you need to purchase TecTile tags, which can be bought directly from Samsung’s website or other authorized sellers and cost $14.99 for a set of five NFC tags/chips. These tags store commands and limited data (they are not attached to devices, so don’t mistakenly stick it to your device). Besides, you also need to download the free Samsung TecTiles app from Google Play Store, to program the tags (store commands in them).

    Once you have both the tags and app ready, you can read from and write to the TecTile tags. To program and use a TecTile to do a certain task, follow the steps below:

    ■Ensure that NFC is turned ON.

    ■Launch the TecTile application. Select the “TecTile Type”.


    ■Select the action you want to do and then tap “Next”.

    ■Follow the instruction and hold your phone over the TecTile (with your phone’s back facing the TecTile) until you have successfully written the tag. This reportedly takes just a matter of seconds.


    ■To use the tag to execute the command on the device, just unlock your device and hold it over the TecTile tag.

    NOTE: TecTiles wouldn’t function when placed near metal bodies.

    You can set a tag to perform a specific function permanently. But be aware that it cannot be edited or re-written after that.

    You can put a TecTile on the light switch in your office to make sure your phone is on vibrate so you’ll not disturbed with a ringing phone while working. You can also use a tag in your car to turn on Bluetooth, turn off Wi-Fi and launch Slacker.


    There are a lot more options out there. You can make lots of different types of tags like change phone settings, launch an app, set alarm, make a call, send an SMS, Facebook & Foursquare check-in, make a tweet, etc.

    S Beam and TecTiles are just two of NFC using cases. NFC can do a lot more. Just give it a try and you’ll love it!

  • Editing Team 11:28 on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple’s Passbook Gets NFC on Android Devices 

    Apple-Passbook-Android-PassWallet-NFC-rfid-blogAttido Mobile has updated its PassWallet app to allow Android devices to beam and redeem “passes” created for Apple’s Passbook via NFC.

    Apple’s Passbook app stores coupons, tickets, loyalty cards and more as .pkpass files. They are typically received by email and redeemed or validated at the point of use by presenting an on-screen 2D barcode to a reader.

    PassWallet was developed to allow Android and BlackBerry users access to these files too, and now Attido has worked with Skycore, the developers behind the CodeReadr mobile data capture platform, to add NFC beaming to the app.

    “Passes stored within PassWallet normally present pass IDs as barcodes for scanning but can now also beam pass IDs via NFC and have those IDs validated and redeemed with the CodeReadr app on NFC-enabled Android devices,” the partners say.

    “Apple created the Passbook standard for card, coupon and ticket delivery to iOS devices. My team built PassWallet to fill the gap for the Android platform,” adds Attido’s Andy Nugent. “We then expanded the technology to support NFC redemption on Android through our partnership with the CodeReadr team.”

    “Beaming NFC passes has the potential to eventually offer a fast, secure and seamless tap-to-validate process for passes,” points out Skycore CEO Rich Eicher. “As the technology matures and becomes broadly available, we expect consumers will find convenience in a simple tap.”

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