It’s more than the wallet-killer: Everything you need to know about NFC

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What else can NFC do?

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Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and other digital wallets are just the beginning of NFC. Paying from your smartphone is just the beginning. Many tech accessories take advantage of this feature, including the Sony QX lens which can snap pics and video and send them to your photo library via NFC. In some places, people can also use their NFC-enabled smartphones to board trains and subways faster, and keep track of how many trips they have left on their digital ticket. Or, and creepier still, is the xNT implant, a $99 kit that provides everything you need (including a syringe) to implant an NFC chip into your body.

The Future of NFC

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We’re well into the NFC era now, and so you can expect to see NFC technology in more and more places. Wearable tech was an obvious starting point, and it can only grow from there. Many companies have already begun to embed NFC technology in jewelry, allowing users to access private data. Some manufacturers have even made temporary tattoos with embedded NFC chips that’ll unlock your phone, while others are experimenting with tattoos used to store information for future use. For more lighthearted uses, look no further than Pizza Hut’s own NFC tattoo, which lets people order their favorite pizza in seconds.

Several major cities, including San Francisco, now offer payment options through parking meters. Cities such as London and Manchester will even send you a humorous call from a historical figure when you scan the NFC tab of the corresponding statue. Hopefully, in a few years, most public transportation will also utilize NFC. And while it’s not specifically, or exclusively, NFC-based, Amazon’s conceptual Amazon Go grocery store offers a glimpse at what NFC could become down the line. Forget swiping credit cards, or placing your phone near a reader. Never needing to scan for payment seems quick, convenient, and the next logical step.

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