This is what NFC Technology should be doing! Get rid of keys and just use your phone to unlock your door. Letting your friends use your lake cabin for the weekend? Use TapKey on your phone to grant them access to the cabin for the weekend on their phones. TapKey could also replace hotel key cards and work access cards as well. It could be a revolutionary NFC implementation IF companies jump on board. Check out the video to learn more:
So check out the Glocon Bracelet. It has Bluetooth and NFC built in and also Multiple Colored LED's and Vibration. I'm not a fan of smart watches because why wear a big ol' watch that just duplicates the phone in my pocket and is annoying on my wrist. NFC Rings are cool, but I don't particularly like rings and the functionality is limited. But a bracelet that is cool looking, simple, and has multiple purposes - that I like!
Read the article about this cool new NFC integrating device on NFC World here: http://goo.gl/ZUnpaE
And check out the Glocon website at www.glocon.me
This is a video review of the Arkon NFC Car Mount. Holds the phone nicely. Has new sticky suction cup to hold firm. AND has an NFC Tag built into it.
Another NFC Ring upstart, but this one geared towards one specific thing - only the bearer of the ring can unlock and use the phone! A company called Tuit has created an NFC Ring that along with their app will lock your Android phone in such a way that only if you have the ring can you unlock it. Right now, they are working on getting funding through Kickstarter. The ring looks a bit bulky for my taste - I don't even wear my wedding ring becasue it drives me crazy, but if you're a ring person, then it's definitely a cool concept. You can view the video below and check out their Kickstarter page here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fransen/tuit
Tasker is the single most advanced app available for Android. With it, you can do many things that you'd otherwise download lots of different apps to do. But it can be a little complicated to learn and use. I've been using Tasker for several years and finally decided to create a Tasker 101 Tutorial Video Series. If you pair Tasker with an NFC App that can launch Tasker Tasks (like Llama) then you open up Tasker capabilities to be used with NFC. Anyway, if you're interested in really diving into Tasker, then check out the series!
Well, the new iPhones might have brought some cool surprises, but they did NOT include NFC, though it had been speculated by many that they might. My theory is that Apple wants to perfect their own proprietary version of NFC before implementing it into their phone. You know, something that is like NFC or even is NFC but that only works with iPhones. They have a history of doing that and while us Android Geeks scoff at the fact that their phones can't use a standard micro usb charger like every other smart phone on the planet, the millions of iPhone owners don't seem to care one bit and don't mind forking out extra money to get the "special" Apple compatible chargers.
Perhaps they see the potential to increase profit through NFC if they incorporate it in such a way as to make it proprietary. Or perhaps, they just want to make sure it can do things up to Apple standards before it's integrated. Who knows what those guys and gals are up to. But let's hope they see the advantage in not fragmenting the electronic world any more than it already is and decide to adhere to the NFC Forum Protocols for NFC.
You might have thought you already knew everything you could do with NFC Tags, but did you know that you can create an NFC Tag that triggers different task depending on where you are when you tap it? That's right, in this video I show you how to use the amazing app Llama which includes both NFC and Location Based triggers to trigger different events on your phone with the same NFC Tag depending on where you are. Check it out, create your own, then go show it off to your friends!
The video below from YouTube shows the new Android version of the famous BlackBerry Messenger Service. My first "smart phone" was a BlackBerry and BBM was definitely one of the coolest services. It will be interesting to see if it is any better than the myriad of similar services (such as FaceBook Messenger) that already exist for Android. Early in this video the NFC feature is demonstrated which allows two BBM users to connect/share BBM Contact info by tapping their phones.
So, I don't know what possessed Google (or any other company) to use the size of a device in it's name because obviously there will be other versions of tablets in the same size. Case in point the new Nexus 7, also known as the 2013 Nexus 7. It's still called Nexus 7 just like the original but it's not the same. Besides the other differences, the NEW 2013 Nexus 7 has a Broadcom NFC Chipset so it is not fully compatible with Mifare Classic NFC tags while the original/old/2012 Nexus 7 IS fully compatible with Mifare Classic Tags. This will undoubtedly lead to a lot of confusion with owners of both version of the tablet since it's the same name but two completely different tablets!
Here's the 2 most important points:
For more information on compatibility issues see our NFC Tags Compatibility Issues Page.
Just read this little article which sites a patent application from Apple regarding gifting via NFC. While I'm a die hard Android guy, Apple adding NFC to iPhones would be a HUGE boost to the general populations awareness of NFC technology and what it can do! You can read the full article on NFC World by following this link: http://www.nfcworld.com/2013/08/16/325526/apple-looks-to-patent-nfc-gifting-system/
Eric Wrye of AndyTags
Eric is the founder of AndyTags and the designer behind all of the tags available on the site. He also has an Android App Video review channel and an app or two on Google Play he created himself.