Samsung has launched TecTiles, an automated NFC programming platform designed to tie smartphone operations to wireless-enabled stickers.
The company said that the programmable stickers will allow users to assign tasks which can be activated by placing an NFC-enabled handset to the stickers. When a user touches a handset to the sticker, operations such as sending text messages or launching applications can be performed.
For consumers and hobbyist users, the company believes that the NFC-enabled stickers will allow for everyday tasks such as notifying others when they are at home or automating the powering down the handset to be triggered with a tap.
For businesses, the company sees the TecTile platform as a promising promotional tool. Samsung claimed companies will be able to program the TecTiles stickers to display messages to users or direct them to "Like" links on Facebook and check-ins on Foursquare.
Samsung said that the sticker platform is part of its effort to increase use and awareness of NFC systems. The company has featured NFC hardware in a number of its recent handsets, including the recently-unveiled Galaxy S3 handset.
Vendors have singled out the UK as a particularly strong potential market for NFC systems as carriers and banks have been particularly aggressive in rolling out NFC payment systems for customers.
The platform has not been without its detractors, however. Security and privacy advocates have warned that such hardware could be used to collect user information without their knowledge or consent.
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