As mobile devices proliferate into every nook and cranny of our lives, I still maintain that we’re barely scratching the surface of mobile capabilities as we enter 2013. The possibilities are enormous for mobile technology and I think we will see several innovations come to life in the US over the next several years.
Some of these innovations are already in use today but are not widely adopted. Others are widely adopted in Europe and/or Asia while the US lags for various reasons. Most of those reasons are based on irrational fear or competitive positioning by companies trying to exclude technologies from gaining acceptance in the marketplace.
Near Field Communications (or NFC) is a low-wattage data transmission technology that works when devices are in close proximity. It’s perfect for sending small amounts of data in a secure manner between two devices. The transmission rate is below .5Mbps but avoids the “pairing” step of its faster cousin, Bluetooth, and it has less range than it’s parent, RFID. For applications that require a faster data transfer speed, NFC can also Continue reading