NFC (Near Field Communication) has been around for a while now, but has not been utilised as the useful and clever technology that it really is. By holding two NFC enabled devices within a few inches of each other, an action can be triggered automatically. You may have seen this technology being used for contactless payments in shops.
You too can use this technology to automate certain aspects of your life, both at the office and at home through the use of NFC ‘tags’. NFC tags can be purchased for little money and programmed to automatically trigger an action when your NFC enabled device is in a certain proximity.
Using an NFC app to program your desired action, these tags can be affixed in locations where you would like the action to be activated.
NFC tags can be used in the following scenarios:
- Place a tag on your desk to automatically turn your phone onto silent and switch on your phone’s wireless.
- Place a tag in you car to activate your phone’s Bluetooth to connect to handsfree.
- Place a tag in your wallet to act as a contactless business card.
- Place a tag on your laptop to automatically run a program for you, such as your task list for the day.
- NFC can also be used to check in and out on a timesheet using different apps.
So whether you want to use NFC tags for personal productivity and time-saving actions or as a business tool, they are a cheap and creative way to take advantage of mobile technology.