Near Field Communication (NFC) is expanding quickly, and moving well beyond the smartphone. More than 500 million non-phone, NFC-enabled devices are expected to ship in 2018, and many of those devices will spend most of their lives somewhere near the living-room couch.
When it comes time to relax, entertain, and connect at home, NFC adds simplicity, security, and a whole lot more. Here are just five of the many reasons why NFC enhances the living-room experience:
- NFC simplifies your setup
Want to connect your new TV to your home Wi-Fi network, or add a pair of high-end speakers to your entertainment system? A quick tap is all you need to securely commission a smart device or create a secure Bluetooth or Wi-Fi pairing. No more connecting cables, and there’s no need to get on your knees and crawl behind a table to access the Wi-Fi router and get a complicated Wi-Fi code.The media and entertainment technology company Technicolor understood these issues and prototyped an NFC-enabled set-top box to demonstrate the “Follow-me” feature. It allows users to simply transfer a video from an NFC-enabled smartphone to a set-top box in one tap to the box, and vice versa. By mirroring screens between your tablet and the TV, sharing media was never easier.
- NFC makes it personal
How about viewing your own, customized video guide? Skip that endless list of romantic comedies and jump straight to the action flicks. Or maybe you’d like to have the TV display a particular channel, with the sound off, whenever you turn it on, so you can check the game or view headlines without disturbing everyone else in the room. With NFC, personalized controls let you do things your way.
- NFC keeps it secure
Concerned about protecting your identity while using online services? NFC keeps everything private and secure, so you can do all kinds of things – like commission smart devices, purchase new games, pay for video on demand, or top-up your transport card – without compromising personal information or putting yourself at risk of identity theft.
- NFC puts the adults back in control
Got kids? Want to make sure they stick to their agreed-upon schedule for gaming or watching videos? Let them tap their NFC-enabled toy to the TV to control access times and durations. No more negotiating.
- NFC gets you help faster than ever
Having trouble with an install, want help registering a product, or need to report a technical problem? Help is just a tap away. You’re automatically connected to the right contact person. And, because system details like serial numbers and warranty codes are already programmed into the system, you don’t have to wrestle with bulky machinery and big screens to access details printed on the back.
NXP has developed its latest NFC controller, PN7120, to allow designers a plug’n play experience for all applications running in Android, Windows, Linux or any other OS environment. The chip comes with embedded NFC firmware providing all NFC protocols as pre-integrated feature. Adding NFC to the mix makes it easier to pair, commission, and maintain smart components, and offers new levels of personalization and control – all with the highest levels of security. How do you see NFC changing the way you experience home entertainment?