Samsung TecTiles: NFC stickers do cool stuff with your phone
June 17, 2012 | Source: CNET
Samsung is getting behind NFC (near field communication) in a bigger way with stickers that interact with your phone.
In a demo, Samsung held the Galaxy S III demo device in front of a sticker, one that happened to be attached to a business card, and contact information appeared on the screen.
These TecTiles, as Samsung calls them, have a tiny nub of an NFC chip embedded within. Like other NFC stickers, TecTiles rely on near-field communication technology to communicate a set of instructions.
The stickers, which Samsung will sell in packs of five at each of the Big Four carriers’ retail locations ($14.99), correspond to a free Android app that is responsible for the actual programming. With them, you’ll be able to set a TecTile to set your alarm, check into a social network, auto-compose a text to a particular recipient, turn the phone to driving mode, and so on.
In some cases, you can mix and match tasks within the same category, so that tapping the NFC-capable phone to the sticker you’ve affixed to your bedside lamp turns on night mode and the alarm, and tapping it again toggles them off. Likewise, a TecTile on your car dash may toggle car mode while also engaging Bluetooth for calls.
You’ll also be able to download and use the app and TecTiles on non-Samsung phones, so long as they’re NFC-enabled, like the HTC One X.
With TecTiles, you’ll also be able to display a message of your choice on someone else’s screen, place a call, launch an app, open a URL, check into Facebook, automatically “like” something on Facebook, follow a Twitter contact, and connect on Linked In, among a few other tasks.