Researchers from Stanford University‘s MobiSocial lab, who last month demonstrated the first Android NFC peer-to-peer applications, have now developed a number of applications which show how NFC could be used to interact with TVs:
- The photo display application enables photos stored on an NFC phone to be displayed on a TV by simply touching the phone to the TV’s remote control.
- A whiteboard application uses two phones and a TV. One handset launches the whiteboard application and begins drawing. The two phones are then touched together and both the application and the application session are sent to the second device. Touching either phone to the TV remote presents the whiteboard on the TV screen so that both users can use it as a shared display.
- A slideshow application enables a slideshow stored on an NFC phone to be displayed on the TV. Touching the phone to the remote sends the presentation to the TV and the phone can then be used as a remote control for the presentation.
- A poker application that lets each NFC phone act as a game controller, showing each player their own set of cards. The poker application, called WeHold’em, is launched by one player who then touches their phone to another person’s NFC handset to send the session information to the other device so that the new player can join the game. Touching either phone to the TV remote brings up the game’s public display.
- A video streaming application lets the user browse a collection of movies on an NFC phone. The user then touches the phone to the TV remote to view the movie on the TV. The application includes account credentials for a cloud-based media provider so that an NFC transaction can provide permission for the TV to access the movie.
Further details of how the team approached the task are available on the MobiSocial website.