Texas Instruments rolled out new hardware and software to help simplify the process of connecting thousands of different types of devices to the Internet of Things.
The giant electronics manufacturer’s new solution taps into near-field communications (NFC) protocols as a means of making wireless connections between routers and printers, speakers, sensors, switches, and a multitude of other products. “The whole idea is to make the pairing easy,” Dev Pradhan of Texas Instruments told Design News. “With this, your NFC-enabled phone pairs the information from your router to all your devices with a touch.”
TI’s NFC package includes a Dynamic NFC Transponder, NFCLink software, and an evaluation kit, which includes a target board and an “experimenter board.” Pradhan said the goal of the package is threefold: eliminate complicated wireless set-up; deliver simplified NFC connectivity to products; and enable developers to create NFC applications on TI embedded processors.
NFC has been around as "next big thing" to come for a while...at least 10 years.
It was proposed for Bluetooth device pairing (Simple Secure Pairing) but never be popular.
WiFi alliance also considered NFC for WPS (WiFi Protected Setup), but it was dropped in favor of much cheaper push button (PBC) and PIN code method.
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