The way we pay for things appears to keep getting easier and easier. The trend is continuing with NFC, or Near Field Communication, mobile chips. NFC technology permits you to wirelessly transmit data from one gadget to another at close ranges.
How will we use it?
This technology is mainly going to be integrated into smartphones. Phones are one of the things that we often carry around with us at all times. In fact, many of us have them in our hands while we’re ordering coffee or paying for groceries.
Integrating NFC chips into smartphone designs allows users to store their credit card information in their phones. That way, when they’re at a business that is outfitted with the technology, they can simply scan their phones at the register.
Google just announced its foray into the mobile payments world. Google Wallet, which hopes to take the place of the traditional wallet, is available on certain Android devices, but Google plans to release a sticker that will allow other devices to work with the Google Wallet. A number of retailers have already signed on to work with Google Wallet.
Apple, which is rumored to be working on a mobile payment system as well, will likely not willingly open up their devices to the Google Wallet technology. Instead, they will most likely be releasing their own NFC systems quite soon.
Other potential uses
NFC mobile chips will likely soon be doing much more than just helping you pay for your coffee. Some of those future uses include:
- Replace passports and boarding passes
- Products might contain RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags on them that you can scan in order to gather information.
- Pet tags may soon have RFID tags attached that you can scan if you find a lost puppy.
- Replace keys – no more clunky key chains!
NFC mobile chips are guaranteed to transform the way we do many things. While the transition may take a while, it is sure to make our lives a little easier.
For more information on NFC mobile chips and how they work, take a look at this article.