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Near-field communication technology has been on the horizon for some time, but as of right now, NFC-equipped devices, and the means to make use of them, are still very limited. However, in 2012 the number of NFC-enabled devices and services will increase exponentially and by the turn of next year it is estimated that one in five handsets will boast the tech.
Google is engaging in limited trials of the Google Wallet service in the United States, while Visa and American Express and Mastercard are also developing NFC payment services.
The first real opportunity for UK users to test the technology will come during the London Olympics through the payWave application which can be used to pay for tickets and merchandise at the games using NFC equipped phones. However, there’s more to NFC tech than creating an easier way for you to spend money.
Visitors to the Museum of London can now scan their smartphones to learn more about exhibitions, while an application called SleepTrak users NFC to connect to a wristband that measures how active you are during sleep. Sony has moved swiftly in this space making it possible to swipe Xperia SmartTags and launch your sat nav, running app and music or turn your smartphone on silent and set the alarm without touching the screen. NFC technology will also become the defacto means for two handset owners to exchange information as the chips find their way into more devices.
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