With the opportunity to exercise our insights and analytical abilities to a real-life technology, we decided to take an in-depth look of the near field communication (NFC). NFC is a standards-based connectivity technology. It is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity, usually no more than a few centimeters. Present and anticipated applications include contactless transactions, data exchange, and simplified setup of more complex communications such as Wi-Fi. Communication is also possible between an NFC device and an unpowered NFC chip, called a “tag”. Why is NFC interesting?
Technology is forever changing. However, people can often catch up with the most updated ones, and get adapted to them. For instance, Wi-Fi becomes extremely popular recently, especially after the prevalence of smart phones. Yet, unlike Wi-Fi, NFC is a lot less lucky. It could not reach a mass popularity despite its various usages. In fact, we are making use of this technology every day without notice at all. NFC is incorporated into Octopus Cards, and Octopus Cards are definitely a crucial part in our everyday life. We are therefore interested in this topic. As we study more, we are able to discover more relations between NFC and our daily lives. In fact, NFC is widely applied, but just it's not being recognized by the general public. This is why our group thinks it is an intriguing topic, as it seems so close to, while so far apart from our daily lives.
1. Why is it not popular enough like Bluetooth?
In fact, there are many similar technologies like NFC. One of the most common and wide-used ones is Bluetooth. In this project, we are about to find out why NFC cannot be as well-known as other technologies despite being incorporated into mobile phones, Octopus Cards, remote controls, printers and so and so forth. We will also compare NFC with...
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