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We have scheduled a spring break from Saturday May 5th to Saturday May 12th.  During this period we will take orders, but they will not be dispatched until Monday 14th May.

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Spring break 5th - 12th May 2018

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We have scheduled a spring break from Saturday May 5th to Saturday May 12th.  During this period we will take orders, but they will not be dispatched until Monday 14th May. We wll be monitoring email and will respond.

LEGO™ have a NFC enabled games console called a Toy Pad that you can add to the various games consoles out on the market. The Toy Pad enables you to place characters and vehicles on it to register them onto the game. 

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LEGO™ Dimensions - NTAG213 compatible

LEGO™ have a NFC enabled games console called a Toy Pad that you can add to the various games consoles out on the market. The Toy Pad enables you to place characters and vehicles on the pad to register them on the game.  An introduction to this can be found here: https://www.lego.com/en-gb/dimensions/how-to-play

Like with Amiibos there is a growing number of tech savvy people managing to create their own NFC characters.  We cant recomend any apps in particular but have many clients that have managed to make them work successfully. 

The chip required for the apps to work and to be compaticble with the Toy Pad is the NXP NTAG213, which is differemt to the ammibo that needs to be NXP NTAG215.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LO-FI video of the growing functionality of the PROX NFC Tag app for IOS 11. 

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iPhone 7+ NFC reader app - Beta 1

We currently support launching via a browser all kinds and types of URLs and URI's as well as viewing text, promting for a telephone number and SMS message for a given number.  We also show an example of being taken to an Apple App store app to download or open based on information on NFC sticker or tag.

 

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Video of our demo IOS 11 app that launches autimatically to websites by a NFC tag using iPhone 7

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Video of iPhone 7+ launching websites from NFC Tags

iPhone 7+ launching websites via NFC Tags from PROX IoT on Vimeo.

Apple have released the ability to scan NFC tags in IOS 11 and iphone 7 onwards.  There is a video provided by Apple that explains the technology and how to write code to use it. We have been experiminting and here are some findings that you might find useful if interested at looking at it yourself.

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Apple Core NFC - Initial findings

Apple have released the ability to scan NFC tags in IOS 11 and iphone 7 onwards.  

We have managed to reach the stage of implementing a skeleton app to scan NFC tags on a iPhone 7+ so we know for sure it works. Seems like early days for Core NFC, but after working with NFC for 6 years it is so nice to see that it has finally arrived.

Apple have a very different approach to Android in that you have to have an app , the app has to be in foreground and you have to actively say in the app you want to scan a tag!

Please note that you have to play this video in Safari

https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2017/718/

 

 

Apple have announced at the WWDC 2017 that IOS 11 has support for reading NFC tags as part of their Core NFC API.

We have been waiting for this so long but it finally has arrived.

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Apple iPhone 7 & IOS 11 reads NFC tags

Apple have announced at the WWDC 2017 that IOS 11 will have support for reading NFC tags as part of their Core NFC API.

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Many Amiibo fans have used our range of  NXP NTAG215 products successfully, but we are aware that some people have had problems creating their clones.  We can not provide supprt for 3rd party products but some very kind clients have passed on some links to resources that heve helped them and tips.  As such we are sharing them in this document.

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Amiibo cloning resources

Many Amiibo fans have used our range of  NXP NTAG215 products successfully, but we are aware that some people have had problems creating their clones.   We can not provide support for 3rd party products but some very kind clients have passed on some links to resources that heve helped them and tips.  As such we are sharing them in this document.

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NXP TagWriter manual

One of the most common applications that is used for writing to NFC tags is NXP TagWriter which is supplied free on Android.  Please find a link here to their online manual for this application: https://inspire.nxp.com/tagwriter/tag-writer-user-manual.pdf

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iPhone 7 - still no NFC tap and go

iPhone 7 and 7+

So the iPhone 7 and 7+ have been launched and unfortunately Apple still have not added the ability for the device to use NFC tags to automate tasks on their mobile. It is a real shame but not a surprise as their current focus is making sure that Apple Pay is 100% robust and that is where the money is for them.

We know of so many companies that are waiting to add NFC functionality to existing IOS applications in the same way that they have on Android and Windows so you have to assume that Apple will eventually make it available.

The reality is that biggest frustration with the lack of NFC on the iPhone is when trying to use NFC for marketing purposes or providing information to customers. Currently it is necessary to adopt a dual strategy of NFC and QR or maybe Beacons. Where ever NFC is used for internal purposes such as security and healthcare they have control over the devices used so will enforce Android or Windows so the lack of iPhone adoption is not such a problem.

Apple will have to adopt it eventually as NFC tags are not going to go away and they are currently losing a share of the market due to it and their apps are missing a key way of starting off an engagement with iPhone users.

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NFC Detailed Specifications

We have started to add detailed specification to each product that are provided by the manufactuers of each Chip used in our products. We hiope this will help you when identifying the right product and chip type to use.

We have already added this to the NXP NTAG213 / NTAG215 and NTAG216 chip types.  You can find the link to these PDF sheets in the Specification section under Specification.

 

Detailed NFC specification

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