News about NFC accessories.
July 7th, 2016
Barclaycard has unveiled Loop, the fourth product in its bPay contactless payment device range, which comes in the form of a contactless chip and lets consumers add NFC payment capability to the wearable devices they already own.
February 22nd, 2016
Security specialist WiseKey and MasterCard are working together to enable NFC payments on luxury watches and wearables. “The partnership adds new devices and brands to ongoing MasterCard programs that bring payments to any consumer gadget, accessory or wearable,” MasterCard says. WiseKey is already working with Hublot and Bulgari to add payments to a range of high-end watches.
February 8th, 2016
Consumers using Cash by Optus — the prepaid NFC SIM-based payments service launched by Australian mobile network operator Optus in November 2014 — can now make payments using a contactless wristband or a sticker attached to their mobile phone.
November 11th, 2015
UK fashion retailer TopShop has launched a range of accessories equipped with Barclaycard’s bPay technology that enable shoppers to make tap and go payments at any contactless terminal. The TopShop x bPay range will come…
October 27th, 2015
Wearable payments startup PureWrist has begun taking pre-orders for a bracelet that comes equipped with a prepaid MasterCard account and lets its wearer make NFC payments at any contactless terminal with a tap of the wrist. The company showcased the product during its StartupPitch180 presentation at Money20/20.
October 26th, 2015
MasterCard has extended the capabilities of its tokenization service to enable payments to be made using “virtually any device”, including NFC-enabled clothing, jewellery and vehicle keyfobs. “Products will begin rolling out in 2016 in the US,” the payments network says, “with plans to expand to other markets.”
October 2nd, 2015
The UK start-up that developed the NFC Ring in 2013 has begun raising funds on Kickstarter for its second generation device. “The 2016 NFC Ring boasts significant improvements,” the company says. “Most notable among these are improved operating range, improved storage size and a more refined user experience.” It is also in “active discussions” to add payment functionality.
July 2nd, 2014
A Silicon Valley startup is seeking crowdfunding to put a minimalist wallet with two integrated NFC tags into production. LionNFC’s Asset credit-card sized wallet is made from two sheets of anodised aluminium held together with an elastic strap, with a programmable NFC tag that can be used to initiate actions on the user’s phone embedded in each face.
May 8th, 2014
A new Nintendo Figurine Platform and a range of NFC toys that makes use of the NFC functionality in the Wii U GamePad is to be unveiled at the E3 games show next month, company president Satoru Iwata has announced. A standalone device that will enable NFC toys to be used with the Nintendo 3DS handheld console will also be introduced and NFC payments for games are to added, initially in Japan, from this summer.
April 8th, 2014
Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy Arts has unveiled a range of stick-on false nails that contain an NFC antenna and an LED light that can be powered up by an NFC phone. The wearer can…
November 20th, 2013
Navigation specialist Garmin has produced an in-car cradle with an embedded tag that launches Garmin’s Navigon for Android app when an NFC phone is placed in it. The US$49.99 Universal Smartphone Mount is designed to be fixed to the windscreen or dash and includes a micro USB charger and extra USB port.
October 30th, 2013
Computer peripherals manufacturer Mad Catz has announced the Strike M Mobile Keyboard, a wireless gaming keyboard that includes NFC to make it easy for gamers to connect it to NFC-enabled laptops and other mobile devices. The keyboard can also be paired to non-NFC hardware via Bluetooth, and will be available in black, white and red before the end of 2013.
October 30th, 2013
Logitech has introduced a portable speakerphone/smartphone stand that makes use of NFC pairing to enable business travellers to quickly and easily set up hands free audio and video calls. The P710e is shipping now for US$169.99.
September 4th, 2013
Phone maker HTC has unveiled the Mini+, a tiny lightweight companion handset that allows calls to be made using a smartphone’s connection once paired through NFC or Bluetooth. The Mini+ is the successor to the…
August 21st, 2013
July 24th, 2013
A UK-based startup raising funds on Kickstarter for a finger ring that lets users unlock NFC-enabled doors and devices and share information via NFC has amassed pledges totalling almost double its £30,000 (US$46,000) target in…
June 19th, 2013
Audio accessories maker Musemini has announced three new additions to its line-up, all featuring NFC for pairing to other devices. The DBoom portable speaker can be customised with user-designed ‘skins’, UberFly wireless headphones provide eight hours of use on a single charge and the US$40 LynkUp adaptor brings Bluetooth streaming with NFC pairing to any device with a 3.5mm audio jack — including home stereos, car audio and headphones.
June 19th, 2013
The new Sound Blaster Evo line of wireless gaming headsets from Creative is NFC enabled for easy and quick Bluetooth pairing with other devices. The Evo Zx and Evo ZxR have the same Sound Blaster SB-Axx1 processing as found in the company’s sound cards, allowing users to customise and tune their audio through desktop and mobile apps. The Evo Zx will ship in July for £200 followed by the Evo ZxR at £250 in August.
February 24th, 2013
Wireless audio specialist Jabra’s new Jabra Motion headset features easy NFC pairing. “You simply tab the headset with your NFC enabled devices to connect,” says the company. The high end Bluetooth headset features a folding…
February 6th, 2013
Upmarket iPhone case maker CalypsoCrystal has added contactless door key technology to its range of cases for the iPhone 5, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. CalypsoKey is available as an option with the company’s Ring,…