NFC | Near Field Communication
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Near Field Communication  (NFC) is a set of communication protocols, rooted in radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, that allows two electronic devices to establish communication using radio waves.  It has been implemented in numerous industries to assist in identification, authentication and tracking.

An original NFC patent was held by Andrew White and Marc Borrett at Innovision Research and Technology, allowing data communication between two units in close proximity.  An early form of this was used in Star Wars character toys made by Hasbro in the late 1990's.

Currently, NFC is used in commerce for such things as contactless tracking and payment systems, electronic smartcards, identity documents, keycards, etc.  In addition, NFC being used by consumers every day in video games, social networking, sharing contacts, photos, videos or files.

In 2003, NFC was approved as an ISO/IEC standard after Sony and Philips worked together to establish a technology specification.  The following year, the NFC Forum was established as a nonprofit industry association to share development, application and marketing expertise for advancing the use of near field communications.

Additional NFC Resources

Explain It Like I'm Eight: Near Field Communications | Video

Practical NFC - How Near Field Communication Works | Video

9 Awesome Ways to Use NFC That'll Impress Your Friends
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