12-12-2012, 03:47 PM #1
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I'm not too familiar with the NFC functionalities. I know it allows you to tap and send but when I tried to do that with my Android tablet with the "Bump" app, it wouldn't send or receive anything.
Someone please shine some lights on how to utilize the NFC functions.
Thanks in advance.
- 12-12-2012, 04:47 PM #3
What this means for you is that you can transfer text and URLs to your android device.
In order to transfer larger amounts of data such as pictures or other binary data, NFC bootstraps a data connection over bluetooth or wifi. This type of connection is WP8 only.
- 12-12-2012, 05:14 PM #5
I think this is definitely something that will be expanded upon in future OS releases. While current functionality is extremely limited I'm glad it was still included so that the only changes that need to happen are with the OS and not the hardware.
- 12-12-2012, 05:55 PM #6
Cross platform communication? That would require cooperation from Google and Apple (Once an iPhone actually gets an NFC chip) to go anywhere.
Apps? The API is there, people just need to take advantage of it.
Payment? Again, API is there, the app just needs to be developed by Visa/Mastercard/etc...
- 12-12-2012, 10:58 PM #7
I had some business cards made up with NFC. They're plastic with my contact info on it, a MS Tag in the lower right corner for people to scan, and if they have NFC, they can tap and send. They cost about a $1.60 apiece with a 10 card minimum. I ordered 10 and had them left unlocked. I was able to reprogram it with NFC Interactor and NFC Tag Away. Works great! Plus, they look very professional. Granted, I won't be handing these out like candy, but if you need to make a good impression, this is the way to go. I blew people away at work showing what I can do with my Lumia and that NFC. For iPhone users, they can just use their camera to scan the tag.
- 12-16-2012, 03:26 AM #10
NFC Tags, Readers and Software | BUYNFCTAGS.COM
I already had a design made up in Illustrator, so I just sent them that. The plastic cards only cost a bit more than the regular paper ones, so I chose the plastic. Great customer service from them. They stayed in contact all weekend while we tweaked the design. Note: the plastic cards are slightly different dimensions than the regular business cards. They print full color front and for larger orders they will print black and white (QR Codes for example) back or even color back. They also have frosted cards, wrist bands, and even a coaster with NFC chips.
You can order the NFC chip inside in various sizes from a few bytes to over 8K. I only needed the small one since it's actually just a URL that takes them to my vCard located on my Microsoft Tag website. The link works with all phones, and it will immediately prompt them to save your info. You can alternately store your actual info on the card by getting a larger memory card too. The NFC can be locked or left open. I left mine open to see if I could change the info on the card, and yes it works very easy. After I was finished playing around with it, I changed it back to the original URL.
The fun part was watching no less than 3 different iPhone owners pull out there phone and ask "can I do that with mine?!" Sorry, but you'll have to download an app and scan the tag I put on the card instead (that works great too).
12-16-2012, 04:47 AM #12
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You can think of NFC as a WiFi or Bluetooth connection that is established between two NFC enabled devices or a device and NFC "tag" much quicker than bluetooth or wifi. In fact it takes less than half a second for two NFC connections to be established. Moreover, where bluetooth connections require user input to be established, NFC connections are established automatically as soon as the two devices are brought close together (of course NFC has to be turned on in the settings). For this reason, and for security purposes, the range is shorter and data rate transfer is signifcantly less than bluetooth. However, NFC supposedly consumes less power than the standard bluetooth. Typical applications (in addition to what was mentioned above) include: using your phone as a chubb card/ticket/credit card to access hotel rooms, buildings, Metro station, etc. Of course, this means that the infrastructure required to render NFC practical still needs to be established.
12-20-2012, 03:58 PM #13
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My wife has a Samsung Galaxy SIII with NFC. While my 822 can see her phone and connect, it only does so for maybe a second or two and then disconnects. If I'm ever able to figure out how to keep the two devices connected, is it true that we would only be able to share links and contact and nothing else? Why is that? You would think NFC is NFC.
- 12-20-2012, 04:16 PM #14
- 12-20-2012, 05:50 PM #17
That bootstrapping is also the reason why you can only share simple things between platforms, only WP8 supports the specific handshake needed.
- 12-20-2012, 06:05 PM #18
Get a Nokia 360 BT speaker or any of their NFC-enabled headphones. Start music on your phone, tap it to the speaker/headphones. It'll blow your mind.
If you have the right peripherals to take advantage of it, NFC is the bomb. If you don't, it's more of a novelty.
- 12-20-2012, 09:43 PM #20
First, you will need to create a business card tag using Microsoft's Tag website at 2D Barcodes and Mobile Tagging | Microsoft Tag . You can log in and set up your information. Create a new tag and select vCard business information and then enter manually all the information you want entered. For my example, I entered a name, phone numbers, email, address, fax number, address, etc. It will then give you the option to download the tag in MS Tag format (the color one), QR Code (black and white dot-matrix looking), a custom tag (useful for putting images in the color tag), or an NFC URL (I didn't use this one, as it didn't quite work for me on the phone). You can then download your tag in several formats, but I'd recommend PNG or JPEG since they are the most compatible. You can then input that tag into a business card design software. I used Adobe Illustrator, but Microsoft Publisher works great too, and you can even use Word if necessary.
I made my own NFC looking logo based off of some I've seen on the internet. The dimensions of the plastic card are slightly different than the business card (86mmx54mm vs 3.5x2inches) so keep that in mind when designing your card.
You can then send the completed card to NFC Tags, Readers and Software | BUYNFCTAGS.COM as a PDF, AI or EPS file and they can work with it from there. They will send you an image for you to proof before they actually print the cards. Since my card is actually just the URL to my vCard, I purchased the smallest memory NFC card. You can get the URL by selecting the NFC URL option when downloading your tag. That URL is actually a redirect and may not always work, so I would enter it into your computer web browser, allow the redirect, and then copy the full URL. In my example it's: John Q Citizen (http://exp.tag.microsoft.com/experiences/5994334). The original NFC URL was John Q Citizen (http://tagr.com/t/V37bVn).
BuyNFCtags will allow you to order the card locked or unlocked. Specify unlock if you want to reprogram the card using your phone. They have an Excel template you can download to put your information in (in this case the URL). I downloaded both NFC Interactor and NFC Tag Away for WP8 and both of them work great. It will even tell you how much room is available on the NFC chip.
Once ordered, they shipped quickly, and I had them in a couple of days. They really look cool, and it's fun watching people get so amazed what you can do with our new phones.
Here's an example that's similar to my design:
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Last edited by Tempest790; 12-20-2012 at 11:48 PM.
- 12-28-2012, 04:55 PM #21
Hey everyone. There is a feature request on the WP uservoice forum that would provide better Android-like NFC functionality. Please vote for it, and maybe this can be included in the next update.
NFC tagg system changes
03-30-2013, 10:59 AM #22
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Hi, how old are you? Do you still believe in fairy tales? All such voting is useless, I cannot remember a single occasion when arrogant-Microsoft implemented anything as a response to such consumer-activities. Consumer is good only for 1 thing: give money to MS, otherwise shut up and eat what they cooked for them.
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