This is the Next Generation RFID Tagging system. Unlike its predecessor NFC allows two way communication between NFC Tag and NFC Reader. It has many novel usages and in near future, all Smart Phones will have NFC Readers inbuilt in them. The possibilities of using this technology is infinite.
>Device to Device:
One of the most common use of NFC technology will be to do Data Transfer just by touching two NFC enabled devices. So you can pair a phone with your friend just by touching the two phones. In case you need to access WiFi, just touch the NFC enabled Router with your NFC enabled phone. Similarly, you can check out of Departmental Stores by touching your Smart Phone with the Billing Machine. Play games with your friend from two phones just by touching the two and pairing them.
NFC Tags are small Tags like RFID Tags which can have pre-programmed Data in them. It can even be a Call to Action. So when you take your phone near a NFC Tag beside the product, without you having to do anything the NFC Tag will communicate with your phone and Digital Information will come to your phone in form of a Video or Picture or Customer Review. You can do many other things with a NFC Tag. While going out of home tap the NFC Tag on the doorway with your phone and phone will switch from WiFi Internet to Mobile Internet, the NFC Tag was programmed to Call for that Action in your Smart Phone. You can send a traditional greeting card to your friend and when he or she touches the phone with the NFC Tag on the card, his or her favourite song can start playing from YouTube. The possibilities are just endless.
There are already a bunch of NFC Apps out there for NFC enabled phones as NFC is gradually gaining popularity.
This is a NFC Tag programming App. So with this App you can program the NFC Tag to execute many Call to Action protocols. After creating a Trigger you have to touch the NFC Tag with your phone and the Tag will get programmed. Now you can send the Tag in a Greeting Card or paste it to the doorway as explained above.
This is another popular NFC Reader cum Writer so that you can both read and write NFC Tags with your phone.
This is how iBeacon works.
This is where the real fun starts when it comes to innovations happening in the digital space to merge physical world with the digital world. So let's explore the technologies that are going to make us live life as in SciFi movies. Its all about merging Digital Data and GFX with Real World inside a Smart Phone or in a HMD or in front of you via a Portable Projector.
Watch what it can do in a Demo by Pattie Mae at TedX.
Why Google Glass?
See how SnapShop works. Someday may be you will be able to put a virtual dress on a 3D model of yours and see how you look and then buy.
See how iOnRoad works.
Experience FieldTrip in this Video.
Image Recognition Application:
Image recognition application works by reversing the Image Search process and punching Augmented Reality with the search results. Various Apps are out there, let's examine the popular ones.
Watch how Google Goggles work.
This is how Clickable Paper works.
This is how Blippar works.
On a concluding note, before you start whipping out your mobile and start clicking pictures and scan etc after reading this article, let me tell you, all technology has limitations, and you might get dissapointed at times also with the quality of the search results. Most of these technologies solely depend on how fast you can connect to Internet and upon where you are based. A lot depends on how much data is available on your location and product you are searching for in the Digital World. But it should not stop you from exploring the Digital World around you and merge it with the Physical World and lead a real Smart Life from now on.
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