Samsung rolls out NFC phone sticker innovation (w/ Video)

Jun 14, 2012 by Nancy Owano report
Samsung rolls out NFC phone sticker innovation  (w/ Video)

(Phys.org) -- Samsung has announced its introduction of stickers with embedded NFC chips, to be sold by major carriers in packs, so that NFC-enabled Samsung smartphones, with a tap against the sticker, can carry out tasks. Near field communication (NFC) has not taken off as dramatically as certain marketers hoped. Public perception is that it is a technology to be used primarily as a mobile payment system. Samsung believes a wider appreciation of NFC-everywhere can be got beyond mobile payments, and a few more Samsung phone sales can benefit as well.

“With millions of NFC-enabled Samsung Galaxy smartphones currently in the and the arrival of our flagship device Galaxy S III, Samsung saw an opportunity to expand the value of NFC beyond ,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America, in announcing TecTiles Wednesday.

Samsung is issuing five-pack sets of TecTiles at $14.99 along with a free TecTiles app available on the Google Play store. The free Android app does the job of the actual programming

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The NFC stickers can be programmed to automate numerous day to day functions. The idea is that the phone user can slap the stickers on to the car steering wheel or at the desk or on the fridge to launch apps or send messages, set alarms, or change settings. Examples include tapping a phone to a sticker on the refrigerator that sends a text message that the phone user is home. Another example is putting a TecTiles sticker on a business card so that others can tap into the person’s contact details.

Major carriers are to sell the packs of TecTiles, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Samsung is making them available in the U.S. and they will be available in Europe at a later date.

According to Samsung, only phones that come equipped with NFC hardware can read the TecTiles. “Most of the tag types you make will work on nearly all phones which have NFC hardware. A few types will only work on phones which have the Samsung TecTile application installed,” according to the company. suggests the user verify that the phone is equipped with NFC technology and that NFC is turned on in the phone's settings. Also, the company site notes that TecTiles will not work near metal surfaces.

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More information: www.samsung.com/us/microsite/tectile/

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powerup1
5 / 5 (2) Jun 14, 2012
If these things don't work "near metal surfaces", what good would it be to stick them on most refrigerators?
Green_Dragon
5 / 5 (4) Jun 14, 2012
They should have one in the wireless charging pad I hear the Galaxy SIII will have..rest down your phone to charge and it connects via wifi to your pc as a regular old mapped drive or something.
Caliban
5 / 5 (1) Jun 14, 2012
Excellent news!

You won't even have to bother texting any of your similarly self-absorbed peers that you have arrived at home and are not to be bothered with any pesky undomestically-themed human-to-human interactions.

Just tap the phone to that NTC outlook-reminder-on-a-chip and get ready to live a bolder, less encumbered, more authentic life!!!!

I don't know about the rest of you dear PHYSorg readers, but I find it pathetic, indeed, that anyone could think that this matters.

Vendicar_Decarian
1 / 5 (2) Jun 14, 2012
You walk into a room. Lights go on. Walk toward a door that recognizes you - the door opens. You get into your car, the car enables driving after it scans your phone. You sit at your computer, it turns on. With your phone, you queury your wallet and it shows you your bank account balances. You tap your window and your phone tells you the outside temperature and the days weather. You put your phone on an inductive coupled charger and your phone charges. You lay your phone on the top of your monitor and your desktop has access to the files on your phone. You put your phone on top of a sound system and it begins to play your default audio track. You tap your phone against your E-Reader and the current book is transferred to your phone for later reading. You like a piece of music you hear on your radio, you tap your phone against the radio and you are taken to a website where you can purchase the song.

Caliban
5 / 5 (1) Jun 14, 2012
You walk into a room. Lights go on. Walk toward a door that recognizes you - the door opens. You get into your car, the car enables driving after it scans your phone. You sit at your computer, it turns on. With your phone, you queury your wallet and it shows you your bank account balances. You tap your window and your phone tells you the outside temperature and the days weather. [...]book is transferred to your phone for later reading. You like a piece of music you hear on your radio, you tap your phone against the radio and you are taken to a website where you can purchase the song.


You got me there, Vendicar.

But what about:

"Uh-oh, I forgot my phone!"

"Uh-oh, I lost my phone!"

"Uh-oh, battery is dead!"

"Uh-oh, dropped, it -damn thing is dead!"

"Uh-oh, my[insert third party of choice here] kiped it and started snooping in my shit...!"

"Uh-oh, I didn't lose it or forget it --someone stole it and hacked all my shit!!!"

"Uh-oh, the FTC subpoenae'd my phone!!!!!"
Aloken
5 / 5 (1) Jun 15, 2012
You got me there, Vendicar.

But what about:

"Uh-oh, I forgot my phone!"

"Uh-oh, I lost my phone!"

"Uh-oh, battery is dead!"

"Uh-oh, dropped, it -damn thing is dead!"

"Uh-oh, my[insert third party of choice here] kiped it and started snooping in my shit...!"

"Uh-oh, I didn't lose it or forget it --someone stole it and hacked all my shit!!!"

"Uh-oh, the FTC subpoenae'd my phone!


For most of those, be more careful with your phone (if its so important you should be anyway). For theft, hacking and other security issues, NFC uses a password/PIN for secure transactions (like payments), its not just 'tap the phone'.
alq131
5 / 5 (2) Jun 15, 2012
Could have a tag on your phone holster/pocket/etc that regularly queries proximity to you as an authorized user...then if no response after a certain time, like a dead-man switch your phone is locked and sends you a "find me" email with its precise GPS location...that's how you could overcome the problems of the phone being stolen...

Just a thought.
GSwift7
3 / 5 (2) Jun 18, 2012
At $3/sticker, it seems a bit expensive, but at $0.03/sticker I can see it being quite useful for people with an NFC-enabled phone. The other thing, besides price, is how user-friendly the do-it-yourself programming app is, and how much you can or can't do with it. If it works like recording a macro in Microsoft Office, then that might be really cool.

lol, how long will it take someone to program a winning key combo to cheat at a video game?