If you plan to develop an NFC or FeliCa App for Android, you might be interested in Sony Mobile’s “Stand out from the crowd” campaign that was announced during IFA in Berlin. Head over to Sony Mobile’s developer site for more details.
And in case you did not see all the exciting, new Sony devices with NFC yet that were announced at IFA, head over to Sony’s IFA page for an overview.
In case you are working on NFC and look for an implementation to test against, or to tinker with, have a look at nfcpy. The NFC implementation is entirely written in Python and works with a number of USB readers, like the RC-S380. It’s well documented, open-source, and includes tools and examples for some popular NFC use cases like smartposters, SNEP exchange over LLCP and handover.
Raspberry Pi is a powerful, inexpensive platform for prototyping and tinkering. It’s really easy to NFC-enable the RPi by hooking it up to an NFC Dynamic Tag using the RPi’s GPIO inputs.
Here’s how it looks like:
Such an NFC-enabled RPi can exchange data with any NFC-enabled mobile phone, and can be used for example showcasing a simple public display scenario, where a video our picture shown on the screen while an associated link can be picked up by touching an NFC phone to the NFC Dynamic Tag.
We are planning to post more detailed information about this setup soon, so stay tuned!
The USB version of the DTAG100, when connected to a computer, identifies itself as USB mass storage, and the tag data can be changed conveniently by simply modifying a file. The package comes with a number of samples focusing around Digital Signage.
Thanks to you all for your interest in the NFC Dynamic Tag! To illustrate a bit more how the NFC Dynamic tag can be used with Arduino, we have posted some samples below.
This sketch cycles through a number of NFC Smartposters and changes the data when a button attached to the Arduino is pressed. The sample emulates 3 different tags with up to 80 bytes of data each.
This is an Arduino sketch that simply shows the read/write counts received via the NFC Dynamic Tag on an LCD display and updates the count when an NFC device reads from or writes to the Dynamic Tag. The write callback in this sample is only used to increase the write count that is displayed. The actual data that is received is not processed.
SwitchScience Japan offers a variety of FeliCa products not only to it’s domestic Japanese customers, but also to international customers via an “international order” page. The products offered for purchase include the NFC Dynamic Tag modules and a nice ‘pitch conversion board’ to connect to the NFC Dynamic Tag module via solder pads.
Right now SwitchScience offer:
NFC Dynamic Tag modules RC-S801 and RC-S802
Pitch Converter to connect the Dynamic Tag module with solder pads
USB NFC Reader “FeliCa Port RC_S360SH”
NDEF-formatted “NFC Type 3 Tag” FeliCa Lite tags RC-S701 (these can be used with any NFC device)