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NFC (Near Field Communication)

  • short data range transmissions
  • contactless transactions
    • NFC-enabled devices can share or transfer files
    • Information or task transfers can also happen between a NFC-enabled device and an unpowered NFC chip (also known as a ‘tag’).
    • No need for wireless network, chips generate their own RF fields
  • Range for the devices is short, no more than 10 cm. This range is always on and can perform the action without turning the phone on or scanning any codes, simply wave the phone over the chip to activate it

My interactive poster featuring perforated stickers would utilize NFC stickers (also known as tags) to work. There are apps that exist such as NXP Tagwriter that allow you to create tags, then by holding your phone over a blank NFC sticker, write data that you create on your phone into the tag. Now every time you hover over this tag, it automatically enables whatever functionalities and tasks you set it for. The data encrypted into the tag is rewritable and editable so it may be used over and over.

These tags have been noted to be able to control settings that are at your phones level such as enabling wifi hotspots, controlling the volume of your phone, switch on or off certain functionalities such as GPS, bluetooth, etc. You can set several of these actions all onto one tag.

For my interactive poster featuring perforated NFC stickers to work, it requires phones that have the chip inside. The issue is that not all smart phones have this, iphone for one does not.

Demonstration of how NFC tags work with mobile: http://buildcontext.com/blog/2011/nfc-tag-sticker-writing-programming-google-android-nexus-s

Existing NFC Tag Writing Apps:

NFC Task Launcher – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jwsoft.nfcactionlauncher

Features that are relatable to my app:

– Turn Wifi on or off
– Turn Bluetooth on or off
– Make Bluetooth Discoverable
– Turn Airplane mode on or off
– Launch any installed Application
– Configure a new Wifi connection and connect
– Configure and enable Portable Hotspot
– Turn Notificaiton light on or off
– Set Display brightness and auto-brightness
– Change Notification Tone
– Changing Ringer Mode and volume (Normal/Silent/Vibrate)
– Changing Notification Volume
– Set vibration
– Set Alarm (both a fixed time and as a timer)
– Check in with Google Latitude, Foursquare, Facebook and Google Places
– Start / Stop media playback
– Turn GPS on or off (root Required)
– Turn Mobile Data on or off (root required)
– Changing Display Timeout
– Changing Notification Light

Task Writer – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nxp.nfc.tagwriter&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5ueHAubmZjLnRhZ3dyaXRlciJd

Features that are relatable to my app:

– Create tag content from your contacts and bookmarks;
– Create new content with the included NFC data set editor;
– View the existing contents of a tag;
– Tap to Launch feature to execute content of NFC tags with a simple tap
– Manage your own history of tags viewed and written;
– Write multiple tags in sequence;
– Backup the contents of a tag before writing it;
– Erase the contents of a tag;
– Write-protect a tag;

 

Phone Usage Recorder App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jupiterapps.phoneusage&hl=en

 

Website where you can order customizable NFC stickers: http://www.tagage.net/products-and-services/nfc-print-products.html

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