This blog series showcases the creative minds behind some of the most intriguing applications for Near Field Communication (NFC).
Patrick discovered NFC in early 2012 while he was a trainee in the identification department of NXP. He is the developer and NFC expert for Malkyrs a trading card game that connects the physical and virtual gaming worlds through NFC.
NXP: Tell us about your new game, and how do you incorporate NFC?
Patrick: Quite simply, we have added some “magic” to traditional trading cards. Malkyrs unites the physical trading card and combines it with the digital world, while conserving the best of both worlds. NFC is what allows us to do that. Adding NFC to trading card means a lot of revolution in this traditional market : playing faster (the rules and the points calculation are made by artificial intelligence), playing online with distant competitors, playing against a computer, enabling combos, and especially making the different points of every single card evolve with the played games.
Malkyrs is the first evolving trading card game. Trading cards consist of different characters and powers, which then are used to fight in the „Arenas of Eternity.“ Each card in the game has its own memory and identity, and they can interact with different connected devices. The cards also evolve, which is what truly sets Malkyrs apart from other trading card games. In traditional cards, the effects are always the same, but in Malkyrs the powers change and evolve over time, stored within the card itself.
NXP: Why did you choose NFC?
Patrick: This is the only technology that enables this magic, and we wanted it to be accessible from a large number of electronic devices. The size of the chip also allows it to be easily included in a trading card format.
NXP: What about security?
Patrick: It’s important to have security in order to avoid card copying. We have embedded security algorithms that help prevent the copying and hacking of cards, and to enable the resampling of lost cards.
NXP: Where do you see this going?
Patrick: Currently we’re enabling our next-gen products to work on other platforms, such as Android and iOS. I really think that NFC is a great enabler- its interoperable, multiplatform, and easy to access- and its crucial to focus on the use cases and applications.
NXP: We’d love to get inside the mind of an innovator… what do you think has been the most important technological invention?
Patrick: I’d have to say the transistor, which is the key of any system today.
NXP: Continuing on the previous question- what are the open tabs on your browser right now?
Patrick: KickStarter! We’re going through our lauch phase right now, and would appreciate all support! We’re aiming to launch the game in Fall of this year. Other webpages I have open- Gizmodo, and of course, malkyrs.com.
NXP: If you weren’t at Malkyrs, what would you do instead?
Patrick: I’d probably be thinking about another opportunity to launch another business.
NXP: Sounds like you really are an innovator! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us.
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