Samsung TecTiles Can Make NFC More Popular

June 16, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

NFC technology has a long way to go before becoming a people’s favorite. Samsung has now come up with a new idea to let you make use of the technology.

With the TecTiles stickers, you can program your NFC-equipped device to do a bunch of cool stuff.

TecTiles can do its job once you program the stickers, which have a built-in NFC chip with a small amount of storage, using a free Android app called Samsung TecTiles. The stickers can be programmed up to 100,000 times.

Here are some of the actions you can program a TecTile to do with an NFC phone: changing a phone’s settings including turning on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, set a phone to silent or airplane mode, launch an app, automatically join a specific Wi-Fi network, share contact info or a digital business card.

They can also perform actions like make a phone call or send a text message to a specific recipient, show an address on a map, open up a specific website, check-in on Foursquare, Like something on Facebook, send a tweet on Twitter and so on.

Wouldn’t it be nice if your kid gets home from school and tap his phone on the TecTile stuck at a convenient place so that it sends you a text message to let you know that he’s back from school? Just one of the nice little things like these TecTile can do for you.

Samsung’s TecTiles stickers will be sold through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, and also on Samsung’s website, at a price of $15 for a pack of five.

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