Imagine handing a business contact a coded sticker and tapping it with your phone, allowing the quick transfer of contact information.
Or replacing your alarm clock with a bedside sticker that programs wake-up information to your phone.
Heading home from work but can’t text or call while driving? Just touch the phone against the sticker on your dashboard and the phone does it for you.
Welcome to the world of TecTiles, an innovation Samsung hopes will drive its top-selling devices even further by ramping up use of near field communication as users fill their lives and homes with the stickers.
NFC has been around for almost a decade, but has yet to either become a household term or a convenience that a substantial number of mobile users enjoy.
That could change as the South Korean electronics giant prepares a North America roll-out of its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III.
With TecTiles stickers sold separately online — a package of five sells for $14.99, with free shipping for orders over $49.99 — or in major carriers’ stores, along with the TecTiles app from Google Play, you can touch the phone to a sticker to launch applications, open a Web page, check in to places through Facebook or Foursquare, update your social status, dial pre-set phone numbers or send text messages.
A host or business proprietor can use the tag to allow visitors to connect to a Wi-Fi network, or post messages in different places that are accessible by tapping.
To prevent other TecTile users from changing your tag, you can check the Lock TecTile checkbox, but after that it’s locked forever, even from the original user.
Strategy Analytics mobile industry analyst Neil Shah told us TecTiles could be a game-changer given Samsung’s recent climb to the top of the global market as the No. 1 phone…
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