Implementing technologies into physical things has never been more popular. Technologies advance every day, and so do the possibilities that come with it. NFC tags are being integrated in more and more items that we use every day.
Do you know what NFC actually stands for? Near-field communication (NFC) is a set of communication protocols that enable two electronic devices (one of which is usually a portable device such as smartphone) to establish communication by bringing them within 4cm of each other.
NFC tags have countless uses, but we decided to share with you the best ones. Here are the top 10 uses for NFC tags.
#1 NFC tags as virtual business cards
Stand out at any event or conference with your very own customizable business card. Simply program your contact information, social media details and your website on the NFC tag and you’re good to go. A plus side is that you can store more information on an NFC tag than you would on a traditional card.
#2 Launch a website with your NFC tag
Program your NFC tag to launch any website. This can save you a lot of time because you will not have to type those long website addresses.
#3 Lock/Unlock your door with NFC tags
If you have a smart lock in your home you can use NFC tag to lock or unlock your door. Also you can store data from your contactless card.
#4 Use an NFC tag to share photos and videos
Have a friend with an NFC–enabled phone? Bump your phones to share photos, playlists, or videos.
#5 NFC tags for making payments
Thanks to NFC technology, payment is starting to go mobile. NFC provides secure storing of your credit card information and enables you to pay for goods by simply tapping on the payment terminal.
#6 Connect to your car with an NFC tag via Bluetooth
If you have a Bluetooth-compatible car radio or headset in your car, then you can use an NFC tag to turn on your Bluetooth. Your smartphone will automatically connect to your radio or headset and let it play your favorite playlist. If you use your phone’s GPS to navigate, use the NFC tag to turn on Google Maps and disable turning off the screen while charging.
#7 Extend your cell phone’s battery life with NFC tags
WiFi, Bluetooth, and other external sources can drain your phone’s battery. You can program an NFC tag to turn off these battery-draining accessories until you want to turn them back on.
#8 Turn on your phone’s hotspot with NFC tags
With an NFC tag, simply tap your phone to the tag and it will automatically fire up the phone’s hotspot capability. Perfect for on–the–go when you need a quick access point for your laptop or tablet
#9 Switch on/off silent mode on your phone by using NFC tags
If you’re a light sleeper, have the NFC tag toggle your phone from vibrate to silent, allowing you a peaceful night’s sleep. In the morning, tap the phone back to the tag to return it to the original setting.
#10 Use an NFC tag to send messages
Program your NFC tag to send morning texts to your special someone or use the tag to respond to people while driving. Program the tag to automatically reply “I’m driving, text you later” to the last received text, so that you can focus on the road.