If the recently concluded CES 2016 show in Las Vegas is any indication, our lives will soon be filled with Oomis, My UVPatches, Smart Suits, and a host of other technological wonders that benefit from the power and convenience of NFC technology.
Wearables you actually wear
NFC was all over CES, and as expected, wearables were a major attraction for the second straight year. But now they’re going beyond the basic fitness wristband. Among the notable launches were:
- > Samsung’s Smart Suit, a men’s business suit currently on sale in South Korea, embedded with NFC tags. The tags enable wearers to control their smart phones, exchange contact data, and do more with a tap. Next up from Samsung: Body Compass 2.0, workout clothing that contains six different kinds of sensors to track fitness through heart rate, respiration, and body fat levels.
- > My UVPatch, from personal care giant L’Oreal, “the first-ever stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor UV exposure and help consumers educate themselves about sun protection.” The disposable patch contains a UV sensor and an NFC tag. L’Oreal plans to include the patches in packages of its La Roche-Posay skincare products.
Real IoT solutions that rely on NFC
The Internet of Things – in particular, the Smart Home – is becoming a more practical reality. Here are some of the solutions unveiled at CES 2016:
- > Oomi is a complete home automation system that can monitor your home, control TVs, switch on lights and electronics while providing a central hub for third-party devices. Oomi received an Innovation Award in the Smart Home category at CES for its design and engineering. We’re guessing one reason it won is because it connects devices to the system with a simple tap – thanks to NFC.
- > Wulian went big in the Smart Home category with its Smart Door Lock. The Smart Door Lock includes a built-in infrared intrusion detector and takes a picture if someone approaches your door. While it keeps intruders at bay, it allows you to enter with a touch of your NFC-enabled device.
- > With the growth of IoT has come increased concerns about security; what’s to prevent someone from hacking into your Smart Home? NFC may provide the answer. It’s at the heart of Yubico’s Yubikey NEO, the first device certified for the open-authentication industry consortium FIDO Alliance’s U2F mobile authentication open standard.
NFC in Automotive
The Automotive market continues to embrace NFC. Among the CES 2016 highlights were:
- > A curved AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) passenger display for cars from automotive supplier Magneti Marelli. It offers wireless charging, gesture control, and uses NFC to customize the user interface.
- > The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class infotainment system. In addition to touch control and voice control, it allows devices to connect to the multimedia system via NFC and act as digital keys for the car, operating features such as locking, unlocking and starting the engine.
With so many diverse solutions on display, what is the ultimate takeaway from CES 2016? Perhaps that NFC is reaching further than ever, providing the innovative spark and unparalleled ease of use that makes new electronics grab headlines.
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