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    NFC tags

    Year and a half and not a post in this section. thought I'd throw something out there. I Phones don't have it but your adroids do. In the menu, its called NFC. near frequency communication. Its the technology used in credit cards for a non physical contact swipe at the kiosks. Or, maybe a bus pass loaded onto your phone whereby you hold the back of your phone to the turnstile and you can move through. Or, you see a movie poster with an NFC emblem on it and you just hold you phone against the poster and it launches the trailer. The uses are endless. They are similar to a QR code but easier to initiate. So, what am I doing with them? Couple things.
    I work in direct mail. namely, with casinos. We're working towards applying them to mailers and the tag will take you to the property website, or a map, or their webpage, or really whatever.
    Personally I've bought a few and I use them to trigger things on my phone. I work in a cave so I have no cell reception. When I'm leaving, I like to let the bride know I'm on my way home so we can coordinate dinner. I've programmed a tag to do the following with a single touch of the phone to the tag I placed on my dash.

    Send a text to wife that says, "leaving work, be home in 15 minutes"
    Turns on the Bluetooth to connect to the car
    Turns off my wireless connection to save battery
    puts phone into ringer mode from silenced

    this is all done by just touching my phone to the tag. I bought a dozen tags for 8 bucks on Amazon.

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    I got 10 for 10 recently. The most useful one I've come up with so far is next to my grill and kicks off a 3 minute timer. The next most useful one is on my desk at work and opens Google Authenticator.

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    How do you program these things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrdonnellyjr View Post
    How do you program these things?
    Download an nfc tag writer app and they are straight forward from there. you use the app to select what you want it to do and once you've set up what you want it to do in the app, you'll hit "write to nfc tag". It will instruct you then to "hold over nfc chip" and it will then write to the tag, what you just programmed.

    From there, just about any nfc reader app will read a tag written in any other nfc writer app. hope that makes sense. The apps are mostly free but I think I bought one for 2 bucks that has a few other functions.

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    When I saw the title of this thread it made me think of the rule I have in my OR and vehicles. NFC = No Fn' Country.

    Technology is moving at a scary fast pace. I can't believe what my kids will be subjected to in 20 years.

    This looks like a very useful concept

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    Will I still be able to use my cell to make phone calls?

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