Three NFC authoring platforms for endusers

“Tagtrail is a cloud-based mobile services platform that lets organizations of any size deliver dynamic, personalized content and services to consumers’ mobile devices via NFC and QR code interactions – and update their mobile campaigns based on real-time engagement analytics.”

Source: http://www.tagtrail.com/

“Samsung TecTile is an app which lets you read and write TecTile NFC tags. You can create TecTiles to change settings on your phone, launch applications, check-in to places, update social status, or even make phone calls or send text messages automatically. Once you create a TecTile using the TecTile app, place the Tile in a convenient place, then tap your phone to the TecTile to perform the actions stored in the TecTile.”

Source: http://www.samsung.com/us/microsite/tectile/

“Touch your home Sony Xperia SmartTag to turn on Wi-Fi. Launch news & weather app. Or turn phone sound on. Bedtime? Touch the bedroom Xperia SmartTag to mute your phone. Turn on its alarm. Or turn off Wi-Fi. By using Android NFC tags you can start up one, two, all three tasks – or more.

Source: http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/products/accessories/xperia-smarttags/

The International Symposium on Pervasive Displays

This looks very exciting! The International Symposium on Pervasive Displays

Papers submission deadline: 28 January 2013
Notification of acceptance: 18 March 2013
Camera-ready submission: 15 April 2013

Poster submission deadline: 1 March 2013
Notification of acceptance: 22 March 2013
Camera-ready submission: 15 April 2013

Conference: 4-5 June 2013

Last year: Proceedings of the 2012 International Symposium on Pervasive Displays
http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2307798&picked=prox

u8glib – Universal Graphics Library for 8 Bit Embedded Systems

A graphics library for a wide range of displays developed by Oli Kraus for Arduino and AVR. This looks very interesting! u8glib – Universal Graphics Library for 8 Bit Embedded Systems

Creative Sandbox content rating

Interesting content rating system on Google’s Creative Sandbox website.
Three distinct and positive categories: smart / fun / cool. Colour coded.

Museums + Heritage Show

Museums + Heritage Show, 15, 16 MAY 2013, West Hall, Olympia, London

“The largest trade event for the museum and cultural sector in the UK “
Free to attend

NFC based guide at the National Museum of Korea

Image source: LoveisTouch

The National Museum of Korea is testing an NFC-based guide service where visitors can download information on exhibits and post comments to social media sites.The service is developed by Koean company LoveisTouch.

Energy-harvesting NFC developer kit

Time for some technology news: The new M24LR Development Kit from STMicro is out.

The development kit includes two boards, a USB powered transceiver (green) that connects to the computer, and a battery-less, energy-harvesting M24LR board (red) with an ultra-low-power 8-bit microcontroller and an LCD display – both powered by the energy harvested from NFC radio waves during the interaction. 

Energy harvesting enables the development and easy deployment of self-sustained, NFC based interactive appliances. Paradiso and Starner wrote an interesting paper on energy harvesting in 2005.