It wasn’t that long ago when cell phones were merely devices that made it easier for us to place and receive calls. Their portability and range made them highly convenient and revolutionized the way we communicated with one another virtually overnight. Within a few years internet technology made its way into the handheld devices and connected us with the world.
Now there is a new technology that will once again change our lives for the better. NFC, or near-field communication, technology is a short range wireless communication standard for sharing, pairing and transactions. NFC has the ability to read tiny chips, called infotags or smart tags, that are embedded in everything from magazine pages to movie posters to flyers and brochures.
With this technology we’ll take connectivity to whole new levels that were previously only the stuff of science-fiction.
Changing the Way We Shop
NFC technology will allow our cell phones to become virtual ATM machines and credit devices, replacing the need to carry around multiple plastic cards or a thick wad of paper bills, greatly reducing the possibility of financial identity theft or loss of currency.
You’ll be able to use your phone to complete transaction at any NFC-capable checkout systems throughout the world. Instead of receiving paper receipt you’ll receive an electronic receipt sent to your email. You’ll be able to track your expenses instantly and therefore have a better understand of how your spending patterns.
Changing the Way We Access Information
This type of technology will also change the way we access information anywhere in the world. Imagine waving your cell phone over a movie poster in a department store or shopping center and being able to view movie trailers, find out info about the movie’s cast and credits, as well as see local view times and prices.
At a moment’s notice you’ll be able to find whatever relevant information exists on just about any product or item you encounter, and in so doing will make more informed and intelligent choices on a number of things.
Changing the Way We Receive Healthcare
NFC equipped cell phones will allow you to check in and out of health care facilities with increased accuracy and efficiency. You’ll be able to scan and bring up your personal medical records, prescription medication dosage information, insurance and coverage information and much more.
Doctors and health care providers will also be able to more accurately diagnose and monitor patients in their care. The technology will also ensure that follow up care takes place as directed and that patients are able to have their questions answered without having to return to the doctor’s office.
These are just a few ways that this new technology will be changing our lives for the better in the next few years. And, really, considering how positively these advances will affect us we should expect dozens of more cool features developed in the next decade. Exciting times are ahead. All thanks to NFC.