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Ingenic unveils developer board for wearable devices with NFC

April 10th, 2014

Chinese embedded CPU provider Ingenic Semiconductor has unveiled a MIPS-based developer board that can be used to create wearable, healthcare and industrial devices that include a wide range of environmental sensors and wireless communications interfaces. More

WiFi Alliance adds support for NFC

April 9th, 2014

The WiFi Alliance has updated its WiFi Protected Setup certification program to include tap-to-connect functionality via NFC. The first products to support the NFC option are available now from Broadcom, Marvell, Mediatek and Qualcomm. Tap-to-connect… More

Hanakai Studio seeks funding for Prodigy NFC game

April 4th, 2014

French games developer Hanakai Studio has launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter for a role playing video game (RPG) that uses NFC-enabled rings, figurines, cards and an interactive board to allow players to interact with… More

Kiroco launches NFC jewellery, scoops award

March 27th, 2014

UK-based Kiroco has won the Best Innovation of The Year award at London’s Wearable Technology Conference and Expo for a range of interactive jewellery that allows a recipient to tap an NFC phone to see… More

Ocho seeks funds for NFC key tray that sends messages to friends and family

March 25th, 2014

US startup Ocho has unveiled an NFC tray that enables messages to be automatically sent to users, family members and colleagues when a key, wallet, phone or other NFC tagged object is placed on the… More

Panasonic adds wearable camcorder with NFC

March 25th, 2014

Panasonic has unveiled a wearable 4K camcorder that includes NFC pairing, enabling consumers to link the device to their smartphone or tablet and then broadcast live videos via Ustream. The dustproof and waterproof HX-A500 comes… More

Sony adds Handycam with NFC

March 25th, 2014

Sony has added a new camcorder to its Handycam lineup that lets users set up a WiFi connection via NFC so that photos and videos can be transferred and backed up to other devices “in an instant.” The HDR-CX330 can record in full HD resolution and includes Optical SteadyShot technology to help keep images clear and steady during filming.

Samsung adds NX Mini with NFC

March 20th, 2014

Samsung has expanded its NFC-enabled camera range with the addition of the Smart Camera NX Mini. The camera can be paired with other NFC devices via a Tag & Go feature to “seamlessly” select and transfer images. It can also be used as a baby monitor by pairing it with a smartphone that then acts as its controller.

HP adds NFC security to enterprise printers

March 18th, 2014

Hewlett Packard (HP) has introduced a service for enterprise customers that enables users to authenticate themselves with a tap of their NFC phone or tablet when they wish to print a document, enabling customers to “experience a simplified login process without sacrificing device or data security, or requiring a proximity card reader system.” More

Zuzance seeks funding for NFC clothing range

March 13th, 2014

A startup that aims to create “an ever-expanding line of wearable tech that goes beyond simple NFC” is seeking crowdfunding to produce an NFC-enabled clothing range. Zuzance’s first products are a US$50 hoodie that contains… More

Samsung grows NFC print range

March 12th, 2014

Samsung has expanded its NFC printer range with two new lines aimed at the SMB market. Both the colour laser Xpress C1860 series and the mono laser Xpress M2885 series support tap-to-print via NFC as well as Samsung’s Easy Print Management facility, which allows users to manage the printers from NFC devices running the Samsung Mobile Print app. “SMB customers without an IT department can now easily monitor device information, status and usage of consumables,” says Samsung.

HP adds NFC printers

March 12th, 2014

HP has added the HP Officejet Pro 8630 and 8620 to its range of printers that support NFC, enabling users to tap their NFC phone or tablet to a printer to start a print job. HP also offers the Color LaserJet Pro MFP M476 with NFC, four enterprise printers and two add-ons for existing devices.

Smartrac to seed Internet of Things platform with 1.5bn tags a year

March 6th, 2014

The company’s Smart Cosmos platform will provide an open, secure and standardized way to track the world’s objects, Smartrac CEO Clemens Joos has told NFC World, enabling system integrators, developers and consumers to connect physical… More

New Mini gets NFC key cap option

March 5th, 2014

Buyers of the new Mini F56 will be able to customize the design of their car key by choosing an official aftermarket ‘key cap’ that supports NFC and will be available from Mini dealers worldwide…. More

NXP demos Qi with NFC

February 27th, 2014

NXP is demonstrating two reference designs that combine Qi wireless charging and NFC functionality at MWC 14. “The next generation of Qi wireless charging pads with NFC will enable users to stream music to their Bluetooth speakers and deliver useful content to their mobile devices as they are charging — all the while economizing on overall power consumption,” says NXP’s Rick Dumont.

Sony adds wearable, Xperia tablet, phones and accessories with NFC

February 24th, 2014

Sony Mobile has launched a smart wristband, two new Xperia smartphones, an Xperia tablet and a range of accessories, all featuring NFC, at MWC 2014. The SWR10 SmartBand is a waterproof wristband that is designed… More

Broadcom introduces low cost, low power NFC chips for smartphones and wearables

February 24th, 2014

Chip maker Broadcom has unveiled a new generation of NFC controllers that reduce power consumption by 60%, lower the total cost for device manufacturers by 35% and cut antenna size by 50% — making them… More

Gemalto to offer Felica microSDs

February 24th, 2014

Sony and Gemalto are working together to add Sony FeliCa and NFC functionality to Gemalto microSD cards. “Incorporating a contactless IC and an antenna, Gemalto’s FeliCa/NFC equipped microSD cards will enable access to contactless card services simply by being inserted into mobile handsets and smartphones, including non-NFC handsets,” says Sony.

Nokia offers NFC Treasure Tags

February 19th, 2014

Nokia has introduced bright plastic tags that can be attached to a Lumia smartphone owner’s keys, bag, wallet and other valuables and emit “a loud tone” when they become separated from the phone. Additionally, an app can pinpoint the last place up to four paired Treasure Tags were “seen” on a map. The 30mm by 30mm by 10mm tags cost US$29.90 each, have a six month battery life and can be paired with a smartphone via either NFC or Bluetooth LE.

iPhone users to get NFC badges at MWC

February 18th, 2014

iPhone users will be able to participate in the NFC Experience at Mobile World Congress for the first time this year, courtesy of free NFC iPhone cases being made available by event sponsor Incipio that… More

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