Samsung Debuts TecTiles NFC Stickers/Tags

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  1. dgstorm

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    So far, NFC technology hasn't exactly been lighting a fire in the market. We have been hearing all the various tech companies extolling the virtues for some time now, but really haven't seen it used very much, at least in the United States. Despite that, Samsung obviously believes in the future of the tech. They recently debuted their TecTiles NFC stickers/tags. The idea of these tags is that when touched with an NFC enabled phone, you will be able to perform a huge array of interesting and useful functions. In fact, they can be "programmed" to perform a number of different actions at once, which increases their versatility greatly. To go along with the tags, Samsung has also created an app called Samsung Tectile to help configure the tags. The app is available for free in the Google Market. Additionally, the tags are rewrite-able up to 100,000 times, so that means you can reprogram them to do different things.

    Here is a small smattering of the capabilities of this fascinating new tech:
    • Make a Call
    • Send a Text Message
    • Show an Address or Location
    • Foursquare Check In
    • Facebook Places Check In
    • Open a Web Page
    • Share a Contact
    • Update Facebook Status
    • Start a Google Talk Conversation
    • Connect on LinkedIn
    • Launch an App
    To make these tags work you will need an NFC capable phone, of course. Here's a quote with a good example and some additional details,

    Source: TalkAndroid & Google Play Store - Samsung TecTile App
     
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    I really like the idea of being able to walk into a place touch my phone, and foursquare check-in like that... or any of the other things... it really does have alot of potential
     
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    Can't people already do that with QR Codes? I mean perhaps not all the functions worked into this technology yet, but there's nothing stopping QR codes from being able to do anything the TecTiles can do. After all, the only thing the TecTile really does is send data, and heck, at $15 per 5, you really can't go crazy with them, but toner for my printer is a LOT cheaper and I can print them on labels to my heart's content.
     
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    I wasn't aware that QR codes could prompt a phone to navigate to a physical address, or do anything but send your phone to a web address. Also they require you to open an app and take a clear picture. You just tap with these.
     
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