NFC May Soon Interact With Packages and Wireless Chargers
The NFC Forum today said it has agreed to work with other industry groups to increase the number of things NFC-equipped smartphones can talk to. Specifically, the NFC Forum has forged alliances with the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) and the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). The AIPIA and NFC Forum will together "focus on developing the latest technological innovations in intelligent and active packaging solutions," meaning they'll find ways to add NFC tags to consumer goods packaging. This will, in turn, allow shippers, vendors, and consumers to glean information about products by tapping their smartphones to the box. The WPC is the body behind the Qi wireless power transfer specification. The WPC and the NFC Forum plan to tackle how Qi charging coils and NFC radios can work together on mobile devices. The groups says creating an interoperability standard between NFC and Qi will help create more compact and cost-efficient charging interfaces for mobile devices, solve problems such as the gap between battery capacity and power consumption, and allow Qi-based chargers to offer NFC-stored information and/or services to smartphones. Paula Hunter, executive director of the NFC Forum, called the new partnerships a "significant step forward" for homes and workplaces, as they will help ease consumer pain points when it comes to product packaging and wireless charging.
Innovative Keyboard Case is Both Wireless and Battery-Free
One2Touch has a new keyboard case for Android phones called SlimType that uses NFC technology in a unique way to connect to a phone. Most keyboard cases have a battery or physical connector that adds bulk.
NFC Forum Makes Latest Specs Available to Developers
The NFC Forum today made three adopted specifications and one candidate specification available to developers and hardware manufacturers. The three finalized specs were ratified by the NFC Forum in October and ensure compatibility between a wider range of devices.
NFC Forum Approves New Security Specification
The NFC Forum today approved the Signature Record Type Definition (RTD) 2.0 technical specification, which will help authenticate the data stored on NFC tags. According to the NFC Forum, Signature RTD 2.0 lets developers verify the integrity of data within NFC Data Exchange Format messages, which is the core of how NFC tags and devices communicate with one another.
NFC Forum Adopts New Spec for Payments, Public Transit
The NFC Forum today said it has ratified and adopted a new specification that will ensure compatibility between a wider range of devices. The NFC Analog Technical Specification Version 2.0 targets the analog portions of the RF interface in NFC devices.