The NFC Actions app by IdeaKnow was one of two winners of the mini-hack we recently hosted at the WIPJam at Mobile World Congress 2013. The IdeaKnow team won for creating a Windows Phone app with near field communications (NFC). For their work, team members Candice Seenyen, Jordi Gaset, Cristian Ortega, and Alejandro Garcia each were awarded a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone!
The NFC Actions app lets users read and write NFC tags that contain multiple everyday actions that users can conduct with their Windows Phone 8 devices. These actions include changing Wi-Fi settings, locking the screen, changing airplane-mode settings, send an email, opening a Facebook profile, and checking in on Foursquare. The user first selects the desired actions by tapping them on a list on the phone’s screen. Then the user writes these actions by moving the phone near a physical NFC tag. After that, whenever the phone is used to read the NFC tag, the application automatically initiates the appropriate actions.
Jordi Gaset, CTO of Barcelona-based IdeaKnow, says the team was inspired to develop the app ‘simply because we love Windows Phone’. Looking ahead, the team plans to publish NFC Actions on Windows Phone Store and to incorporate Nokia Ad Exchange (NAX) in the app’s next version. The IdeaKnow team also plans to develop more Windows Phone 8 apps using NFC, location and imaging technologies. ‘The most important thing’, Jordi adds, ‘is to love Windows Phone!’
The Coffee Bean app uses NFC to empower consumers to create, touch, tap and share their favourite custom drinks—and find their way to local stores. Users can create a custom drink, then touch, tap and share the drink they have customized with their friends. The app’s NFC capability also lets one person collect several drink orders from a group of people, then locate the nearest store and place the group order at the store.
Attending WIMA NFC Monaco on 10-12 April? Then visit our booth, hear us speak, and join us for a special Nokia Developer workshop on Nokia Lumia near field communications (NFC). You could win one of the special prizes we’ll be giving away. And you can enjoy some of the special developer discounts we’re offering for WIMA admission.
Car Trumps is Windows Phone 8 card game for children. This game leverages the use of NFC technology to communicate between two Windows Phone 8 devices. In this game user choose the best feature of a random car and compares the same category to its friend’s car by touching both the devices, and the winner gets both the cards.
This application demonstrate the use of ProximityDevice API to transfer data between two devices over the NFC. The classes, code shipper and the protocol used in this application are noted in project wiki. If you are looking for more information and demo examples on Windows Phone NFC then Opening sockets with NFC could be a good starting point for you.
NFC Talk is a peer-to-peer chat application demonstrates the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology on Windows Phone 8. This application has three pages: settings page, connect page and a chatting page. To run the application user needs to enter a name in the settings page. Connect page is used to establish a connection between two devices and chatting page to send message between them. To know more about NFC Talk application architecture and the API usage, see Opening sockets with NFC article.
NFC brings a fast and easy way of data transmission between devices. Windows Phone 8 platform uses Proximity API which opens a communication channel between two devices, just by tapping the devices together. To learn more see Windows Phone 8 Proximity API reference .