NFC Stickers Make Smartphones Smarter

NFC tags trigger smartphones to surf the Web or set alarms
One hundred eighty-six million NFC-enabled handsets will be shipped in 2012, according to IHS iSuppli Illustration by Jeremyville

In the fall, Toronto resident Pearl Chen placed quarter-size stickers on the 30 or so spice containers in her kitchen. Now whenever she taps her Samsung smartphone against a bottle of turmeric, say, the device does a Google search for recipes featuring the spice. “I can scan it and get ideas for what to cook,” says Chen, 31, the founder of Karma Laboratory, a technology startup focused on education. She sees the stickers as a way to squeeze a bit more utility from everyday objects, which usually “just stand there and don’t say very much.”

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