So iLuv has been making waves in Manila with really cool accessories for your iOS devices (like the last charger you will ever need). Today they’re debuting the 360 degree Syren wireless speakers which you ought to place in the middle of your living room as the sound emits from all corners of this sweet number.
But wait, there’s more! The Syren uses Bluetooth and NFC technology to pair up your audio. If you’ve ever tried to pair your external speakers with a phone using Bluetooth, you may encounter some sync errors along the way and the only remedy for that is to try and try again. We’re all familiar with this and pairing up devices via Bluetooth can be a b*tch at times. So the proposition here is that the Syren uses NFC technology for pairing via Bluetooth. If you own a NFC-compatible device like the Samsung Galaxy S4, all you need to do is physically tap the phone onto the Syren and the pairing will automagically happen without you having to configure anything! Works like a charm!
The iLuv Syren has a SRP of PHP 3,000. For that price, you might as well get it as even though there aren’t too many NFC-enabled phones available today, this technology will be a stock feature in most smartphones soon.
Auxiliary Audio Input
Up to Six Hours of Playback
So Denise has been bugging me to take a look at these new bags from Travelon and I must say, they’re totally geek-worthy. If you’re paranoid with losing your gear (bag getting slashed, pocket getting picked, or SERIOUSLY — data stolen through near field communication devices) these bags are for you! Really, look no further.
I laud Jollibee for being the first retailer pushing for fast adoption of NFC technology in the Philippines.
Geeky Explanation: (warning, nosebleed)
NFC stands for “Near Field Communication” and is a prevalent piece of technology similar to Bluetooth or QR codes and is based on the current RFID technology. The difference is that the “near field” in NFC means that as soon as you point your device (in this case a card) to the kiosk sensor within 4 centimeters, the “tag” is recorded. The not-so-recent Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade enables NFC for several of their models like the Samsung Galaxy S II.
Your mobile phone (or any device with NFC) is now a debit card.
The HappyPlus Card seems to be Jollibee’s way to condition the minds of Filipinos to adopt NFC as a part of their daily lives. This is a bridge. It is no secret that the final product will be to use NFC-enabled smartphones (many Android devices already have it built in but aren’t being used by Pinoys) but the cards are a good way of pushing the market to familiarize with this tech. Essentially, it’s something Filipinos have been doing for a while, claiming rewards points with their load, using Passa Load services, etc. Jollibee’s move makes sense as they already have staked their claim in a mobile app for smartphones (aka Netphone).
The service will be available starting January 23 2012. The card itself will cost PHP 100.00 and will enable rewards points to accumulate. You can use the points to purchase from Jollibee, Chowking, Red Ribbon, Greenwich and soon, Mang Inasal. In essence, NFC eventually replaces the CBTL Swirl Cards and SM Advantage cards we have come to love.
Current Phones that support NFC:
Google Nexus S 4G
Samsung Galaxy S II (not all versions)
Samsung Galaxy Note (not all versions)
The iPhone does not officially support NFC technology.
2012 is the year NFC will be introduced and will grow. Smart has started pushing it as well for bazaar entrances. You can use your smartphone (w/ NFC) to enter bazaars. Who knows what’s next? Concert tickets? MRT tickets? Endless!
SMART-PLDT opened the JUMP Store yesterday in MegaMall’s CyberZone. In spirit, it’s much like the Apple Store in the US allowing customers to really get their hands dirty with technology. As a Class-A geek, I was impressed with two things in particular: they had the never before launched HTC Evo 3D smartphone and an upgraded version of the Nokia C7 sporting NFC technology. This post will talk about NFC technology.