NFC, or Near Field Communications, is a new technology that is becoming more and more common in today’s smartphones. With one of these chips installed in your device, you can do a wide range of things, and the possibilities are growing each day. Most phones that are being produced these days come with one of these chips installed, and it is only a matter of time before companies start finding ways to make better use of them. Below are some of the best ways that we can currently use NFC technology, along with some of the possibilities in the future.
- Paying Made Simple – You may have heard of this before, with the introduction of Apple Pay or through Google Wallet. Essentially what you can do is sync your smartphone with your bank account, and with the simple wave of your phone over the correct spot at a register, pay for your purchase. No more having to worry about carrying cash or credit cards around with you. Just take out your phone, swipe it, and you are done. This use is still in its early stages, but some large companies are already on board for trying it out.
- Control Your Phone – Wouldn’t it be nice if every time you entered your home, your phone’s WiFi turned on? Or if when you enter your car, the music app on your phone opens? With NFC enabled on your phone, and by purchasing some simply NFC tags, you can make this happen. You can save battery and manage your internet connections with ease by setting this up. You can also do things like having an NFC tag in your bathroom turn off your morning alarm, so that you have no choice but to get up and start your day. There is a wide range of possibilities, and it is really only limited by your imagination and how much work you want to put into setting it up.
- Security – NFC tags are slowly doing away with credit cards, and next they will be coming for your keys. Some companies are working on opening locks by using NFC. Instead of swiping a keycard or using a key, you will be able to simply swipe your phone to open the lock. This will prevent other people from breaking in, allowing only people who have access to your phone. This technology is still in its infancy, but has some great possibilities in the near future.
- Healthcare – Lastly, NFC tags are being considered in the healthcare system. Imagine swiping your prescription bottle and getting all the information you need on it. Or going into a doctor’s office and swiping to check yourself in. NFC will also help healthcare professionals better track their patients to help them. There are some exciting things that could take place in this field very soon.
As we said, this technology is still in its early phases, but it has some great potential. As more and more phone manufacturers continue to put the chip in their phone, more companies and industries will find innovative ways to implement them. It may not be long before we are all swiping our smartphones for a lot of our daily tasks.