I was talking the other day to a few people about how obsolete QR codes will be here shortly. The technology to watch is NFC. They said what? What is NFC?
Near Field Communications, NFC – is the emerging technology enabling close range device to device interaction. There are two options: open NFC and secure NFC.
Open NFC refers to the interaction of two NFC-enabled devices or the use of an NFC device to read an NFC tag or chip embedded in a poster, card or other print medium in order to receive content or perform an action of some kind. Secure NFC, on the other hand, is about using your mobile device as a virtual wallet or credit card to pay for things by swiping it over an NFC reader.
As NFC phones come to the market in 2011 and 2012, open NFC will change the way we interact with each other, share information, read store tags, join social networks and more. Open NFC opportunities will be realized long before secure NFC takes off.
NFC will become a viable mainstream method of data transfer in just a few short years.