Samsung has bolstered its near field communication (NFC) technology with the release of an innovative NFC enabled sticker.
The sticker lets users with Samsung’s NFC enabled smartphones manipulate their devices through taps against the sticker. A tap against the sticker lets a user perform various tasks on their smartphones.
Users can also program the sticker to carry out several typical household or office tasks. For instance, a user could simply tap a phone to a sticker on the fridge to send a message that the phone owner is home. Users could also tap on someone’s NFC enabled business card and get their contacts automatically.
However, the technology has not taken off as Samsung and major carriers had hoped. There has been cynicism over the technology’s use in day to day personal mobile computing, and whether the technology is better utilised in mobile payment systems. But Samsung is hopeful the technology will be appreciated beyond mobile payment as more NFC enabled devices become available.
The company has embarked on an initiative to popularise the technology with the launch of its new smartphones, for instance the flagship Galaxy S III. Known as TecTiles sticker, they will be sold in packs with the Samsung smartphones.