TecTiles add features to Samsung smart phones
We’ve been hearing a lot about Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for a while now. But there have not been that many phones equipped with the necessary chips. That is changing as with the Galaxy Nexus last December and the Galaxy S3 arriving this next week. Other manufacturers are release phones as well and by the fall, we expect to see wide spread usage of NFC. And with that in mind, Samsung has released TechTiles, an app, which can read TechTile tags. This is the first idea for using NFC technology other than for making purchases and looks like it will take off.
Samsung has introduced us to their “tags” which are small squares which contain chips which are programmable. NFC enabled phones can “tap” the chips and the NFC process will take the information and turn it over to the TecTile app which will run the process defined in the programmed tag, which has been equated to the size of a postage stamp. These programmable tags come in packages of 5 at a price of $14.99 and are available at many locations, including wireless carriers here in the US.
At the moment, Samsubg’s TecTiles will only work with Samsung smart phones equipped with NFC chips. The most notable are the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S3. We can expect to see Samsung expand this to other Android smart phones later this year and possibly to the iPhone. If not, we are going to see competing products showing up in the market fairly quickly,
Here is a YouTube video from Driod-Life introducing you to the Samsung TecTiles