NFC coupled with smart phone makes life smarter!

There are certain things you do on your phone every day, like launch navigation when you get in your car or set your alarm when you go to bed. With a few NFC tags and almost no effort, you can automate these processes and never fiddle with your phone again.

This process uses Near Field Communication (NFC), a feature we've talked about once before. You've probably even seen it in commercials, where people share playlists and perform other actions just by touching their phones together.

Those uses haven't really caught on, but NFC tags will work anywhere—they're basically tiny stickers, keychains, and other trinkets that perform tasks when you tap them with your phone.
Holding your phone up to one of these tags will perform a simple action right away, so you don't have to constantly fiddle with settings. For example, you could:
1. Turn on your ringer and Wi-Fi when you return home
2. Turn off the ringer and set your alarm when you go to bed
3. Start the Maps app and turn on Bluetooth when you get in your car
4. Launch your remote control app when you sit down on the couch to watch TV
5. Set a timer for 30 minutes when you put your clothes in the laundry
6. Start playing music or skip tracks
7. Check in to Foursquare, Facebook, or Google Latitude at your current location
...all with a quick tap of your phone. No need to open any menus, or tweak any settings yourself.
To start, of course, you'll need to pick up some NFC tags (usually for a 100 Rs.  apiece from eBay) that you can program with your desired actions.
Some tags (like Samsung's) will come with their own app, but we're going to use a better, third-party app called NFC Task Launcher. It's powerful, easy to use, and completely free, so once you've got your NFC tags, grab a copy of Task Launcher for your phone of choice.
Create Your Tasks which is extremely easy using any free tool. When you're done, tap "Save & Write." Put your phone on top of the NFC tag you want associated with these actions. Your phone will make a sound and notify you when it successfully writes the tag. Press Done to finish.
Things You can do and make life easier and automated using NFC.
One small example will be. Whenever I get in my car, I turn on Bluetooth and start up the Maps app. With an NFC tag on the dashboard, I can do all this in just a second by using these actions:
Wireless & Networks > Bluetooth On/Off > Enable
Applications & Shortcuts > Open Application > Text to voice apps

1 comment:

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