Nokia WP8 devices will be able to read and write NFC tags

Caught in a video from test-mobile.fr the NFC Interactor app has been seen on the new Lumia devices. The app is supposedly coming to all Windows Phones from Nokia and will permit users a wider range of interactions with NFC tags.

The app which is being ported from the QT environment to Windows Phones will permit users not only to scan tags but to write information to tags directly from your phone. This will bring some interesting usage scenarios once it's widely implemented.

This port was originally announced at the NFC Congress in Hagenberg that took place last month, and as you can see in the photo above the app has made it to our platform.

Other info will be made available later on both from the NFC Interactor page as well as Nokia.

Source and Image: WMPoweruser

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other than Bluetooth pairing becoming faster, I don't see any practical uses for NFC. the wallet thing is pointless as my phone is bigger and more of a hassle than my wallet to carry. not to mention my wallet doesn't run out of juice while my phone will.

would it be possible to sync docs from a w8 tablet to wp8 with NFC with a touch. that would mean you can sync without internet access. a lot of actual use environments have poor internet access eg: older buildings like hospitals, outside, in relatively remote areas etc. later your tablet can sync with the cloud when available. this would be a killer ap that makes wp8 tablets and phones so much more useful for everyday use.

peterpulmonary said,
would it be possible to sync docs from a w8 tablet to wp8 with NFC with a touch. that would mean you can sync without internet access. a lot of actual use environments have poor internet access eg: older buildings like hospitals, outside, in relatively remote areas etc. later your tablet can sync with the cloud when available. this would be a killer ap that makes wp8 tablets and phones so much more useful for everyday use.

Possible, but pretty slow.

"The maximum data transfer rate of NFC (424 kbit/s) is slower than that of Bluetooth V2.1 (2.1 Mbit/s)"

peterpulmonary said,
would it be possible to sync docs from a w8 tablet to wp8 with NFC with a touch. that would mean you can sync without internet access. a lot of actual use environments have poor internet access eg: older buildings like hospitals, outside, in relatively remote areas etc. later your tablet can sync with the cloud when available. this would be a killer ap that makes wp8 tablets and phones so much more useful for everyday use.

A better use of tech would be NFC Pairing for Bluetooth connection for the actual transfer of files.

Fritzly said,
Is this for Nokia devices only or is an OS functionality?

OS functionality. Every OS that supports NFC has this app and this ability.
That includes Symbian, Meego, Android and now WP8.

Sacha said,

OS functionality. Every OS that supports NFC has this app and this ability.
That includes Symbian, Meego, Android and now WP8.

Thank you.

Osiris said,
Sounds cool but what are some scenarios where writing would be handy?

You could, I suppose, have a few NFC tags that you can then reuse in different ways as you see fit instead of just having them be limited to their original function when you first got them.

The tags themselves are pretty cheap right? It should make for some interesting things.

Osiris said,
Sounds cool but what are some scenarios where writing would be handy?

Didn't they show something like putting data on business cards or having different tags for different alarms?

Osiris said,
Sounds cool but what are some scenarios where writing would be handy?

Writing tags allows for customized actions. For example, lets say I want to turn GPS and Bluetooth on and WiFi off when I'm in my car. Write a tag that does that action and save battery life! Or let's say I have a tag right next to my bed that turns down the ringer volume or puts the phone into silent mode, turns off notifications, and turns on my alarm. Easy as pie. Heck, I could have a tag for a weekday alarm and one for the weekend. Or a tag to automatically pair with with speakers in my home. Or a tag with the WiFi password to my network. Or a tag with a link to a wayer heater manual that you made that you can stick directly on it. The possibilities are endless.

dagamer34 said,

say I have a tag right next to my bed that turns down the ringer volume or puts the phone into silent mode, turns off notifications, and turns on my alarm.

Do not you need a NFC enabled bedside though?

scumdogmillionaire said,

Just a sticker with a little NFC tag in it.

Wow! I would love one to warm up the toilet rim when I approach it... LOL