5 clever (and one creepy) uses for NFC technology

5 clever (and one creepy) uses for NFC technology
So, do you use your phone's NFC functionality? If you do, then it is probably for something like pairing your handset with accessories, for sharing files with buddies, or for making contact-less payments. The list of uses for NFC, however, doesn't end here. 

After a little digging on the internet, we managed to find several rather unusual, yet pretty clever uses for NFC technology. For example, did you know that NFC-enabled smartphones could be used to unlock doors? Or that jewelry with embedded NFC chips could trigger commands when near a smartphone? Read on to learn more. 

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21 Comments

1. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

what does the last do? Why should we inject our self with a NFC chip?

2. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

So that you'll look cool, and modern... Just kidding, The only probable usage I can think of is for health and position tracking. You know, you'll find your friends/family/partner easier with this.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Negative, it is largely the same as the ring just inside you.

7. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Since it's inside the body it might do some stuff not possible with other external NFC gadgets. But whatever anyways, my post is a joke afterall.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You can play a cruel practical joke on someone. For e.g. Set the NFC to automatically turn-off of the phone whenever a phone is used in that range so that person won't ever be able to run a phone ever AGAIN !!! j/k

12. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

That 3rd one is so nerdy, like a 007 gadget.

16. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

That's so evil, it's brilliant!

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I have actually seen something like this in a documentary. Some people have them injected to store personal data like medical records, though some rich folk are using them to validate their identity at super exclusive night clubs. The whole idea is stupid, but some people like it.

20. mbloomer04

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

I use mine to unlock my phone when I pick it up. but also occasionally use it to send people overly convoluted URLs without having to use 3rd party apps like facebook, email or sms when they may not want to share details for the sake of one link etc its also quicker just to copy it to my tag and pick up their phone or tablet

5. maxmppower unregistered

The Ring is the best one

10. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

And library, but I like the ring concept as well.

15. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

One ring to unlock them all...

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

What phone is that Nick T. In that #3 one.

9. ninjajoe96

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 22, 2013

Hi StraightEdgeNexus, I think its a Google/Samsung Nexus S :)

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Thanks mate, i had a bit idea that it was a nexus, just looks strikingly similiar to moto x. :-)

13. Nick_T

Posts: 183; Member since: May 27, 2011

Reminds me of a galaxy nexus, although it could be a generic dummy of some kind or a stock photo. Either way, that screen image is most likely simulated and a fake reflection has been added in photoshop.

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

What I don't like about NFC is that the phone needs to be unlocked in order to use it...

18. FatherThyme

Posts: 1; Member since: May 20, 2014

how would the ring work then? i'm sure it works around that, no?

19. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I don't think so. Security reasons...

21. mbloomer04

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

If your device is rooted the Xposed Module "NFC LockScreenOff Enabler" allows you to set nfc to be on when either whenever the screen is on (locked or not) or even when the screen is off it also allows tags you specify to unlock your device

17. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

laziness at its best

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