At Nokia World 2011 we have introduced some of the major apps that have gotten "the magic tap".
With the newest version of the application you can use your NFC enabled phone to check-in automatically by just tapping and NFC enabled/tagged poster. No more tedious steps of launching an application waiting for location fix, connecting etc… With NFC this is all done with a simple tap.
Furthermore, the developer made it even easier for the user to check-in – without the need to have the app running – just tap and the app starts automatically and checks you in. Pretty awesome and again demonstrating the convenience of NFC! In a separate post Andreas explains how as a developer you can implement application autostart .
Foursquare with NFC support is available in the Nokia Store for Symbian NFC enabled phones (download Symbian version here,N9 support coming soon) . And the best thing about it is that it is not a separate application just for NFC sake. Developers simply added the support for NFC to the existing application version!
Opportunities for venue owners
Venue owners can now create smart posters asking users to Check-in with embedded NFC tags, so that visitors of their venues that have an NFC enabled phone (from any brand) can easily perform the check-in by just tapping the smart poster. Additionally NFC check-ins can be considered as real check-ins as the user had to physically be there to check-in, giving venue owners the potential to have much more accurate data versus normal check-ins. We have demonstrated this concept as verified check-ins at Nokia World 2011 (read NFC Times article here)
How to create Foursquare Check-in Smart Posters?
There are several ways to do it. All you need is an NFC tag encoded with the foursquare venue URL (i.e.: https://foursquare.com/v/nokia-house/4af3fa31f964a520bbef21e3 ) that you stick behind your 4Sq sticker/poster. NFC Hub, for instance offers a readymade solution for 4Square Check-in campaigns. Here is a demo example of a smart poster I did for an event this weekend.
Where to get tags?
Some of the options on how to get NFC tags are listed here: https://www.developer.nokia.com/Develop/NFC/Getting_started/Step_3.xhtml