BLE vs. NFC Infographic

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) has repeatedly been touted an NFC killer in the ongoing debate about suitable technologies for physical mobile interaction (PMI). Here’s an infographic comparing BLE and NFC.



One in ten say they have an NFC phone

The number of consumers with an NFC phone has doubled since 2012 according to Deloitte‘s third annual Global Mobile Consumer Survey, with 10% of 37,600 consumers surveyed in 20 countries saying they know that they have the technology embedded in their smartphone. 62% say they do not and 28% do not know if their phone has NFC or not.”

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Just over a third of British adults (35%) are aware of NFC-enabled mobile devices, with 9% saying they know that their personal device is NFC-enabled and 22% of those having used NFC to make a payment, a YouGov survey of 1,501 people has found.”

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NFC energy harvesting e-ink display

All the components have been in place for a while, so this comes as no surprise:

   E-ink displays that only need energy to switch but not to hold an image
+ RFID / NFC technology that powers passive tags via radio
+ Energy-harvesting technology that captures and stores energy from ambient radio signals
= Ideal pervasive display (no need for batteries or wired power sources)

“…This paper describes a bistable display tag that, from an energy standpoint, is capable of perpetual operation. A commercial off-the-shelf NFC-enabled phone generates RF signals carrying both the information and energy necessary to update the display. After the update is complete, the display continues to present the information with no further power input.”

Dementyev, A., Gummeson, J., Thrasher, D., Parks, A., Ganesan, D, Smith, J.R and Sample, A.P (2013). Wirelessly Powered Bistable Display Tags. Proceedings of UbiComp 3013, 8-12 september, 2013, Zurich. Available

NFC luggage tags


“Using the British Airways mobile app, passengers will be able to hold their NFC phone to the reusable luggage tag to automatically update its e-ink display with a tracking barcode, flight details and an easy-to-see view of the bag’s destination. Customers can then have their electronic tag scanned at the bag drop, going straight through security.”

Source: NFC World

NFC tags at Savina Museum of Contemporary Art

An exhibition at Seoul’s Savina Museum of Contemporary Artis to use NFC to allow visitors to download high definition images, delve into the stories behind each photograph and write and share reviews on Facebook.  … “We applied [a] minimal and intuitive user interface and user experience so that our NFC service doesn’t interfere with the artworks and harm the identity of the place”

Full story at NFC World

NFC pen for smartphones and tablets

Sistel vWand

“vWand is a chunky rubber tipped stylus with built in NFC and Bluetooth radios. The marker pen sized device acts as a bridge, allowing users to conduct an NFC operation using its built-in reader and then relaying data via Bluetooth to the tablet or smartphone”