Thursday 17th May, 2012
2:00pm to 3:15pm
Android’s support for Near Field Communications (NFC) offers developers a powerful new metaphor for mobile phone interaction: Physical Touch. NFC supports far more than secure financial transactions. Popular games like "Angry Birds Magic" have already incorporated NFC (you have to touch your phone to another NFC-enabled phone to unlock game levels) to expand the social interaction of mobile gaming, and a new breed of enterprise applications that tout proof of presence for remote workers already exists. Industry research has demonstrated that NFC provides a more efficient and friendlier user experience than QR codes.
This advanced class covers the nuts and bolts of NFC development on the Android platform. You will learn the basics of NFC, including the types of RFID tags that the technology supports, as well as a primer on security concerns and tag storage limitations. Code examples will be provided to demonstrate how programmers can leverage the NFC Data Exchange Format open standard inside their applications for reading/writing data to/from RFID tags. You will also be introduced to the NFC Tag Event open standard for back-office integration.
You are not required to have an NFC-enabled phone, but are strongly encouraged to attend with an NFC-enabled handset, such as the Google Nexus S (3G), HTC Amaze (4G), or Samsung Galaxy Nexus (4G), since the Android emulator does not support NFC emulation.
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