The company released TecTiles today, small square stickers that let you launch apps, change settings, or even make phone calls with a single tap of your phone.
You buy TecTiles in packs of five for $14.99, and the first time you touch your NFC enabled phone (a handful of Samsung phones, plus some from other manufacturers) you’ll be prompted to download the TecTiles app.
Unlike QR codes, NFC doesnt require launching an app or using your phones camera just put your phone on top of it and hit OK.
Then, you can use the app to program the stickers to do a variety of things — you can have it turn your alarm on, or launch a particular app, or check in on Foursquare.
It can even do things like initiate a phone call or text message, though thanks to some Android privacy settings those still require you to confirm the action.
TecTiles are a lot like LG’s Tag+ or Sony’s SmartTags, though Samsung’s stickers are both cheaper and more disposable than the other dog tag like products.
You can easily re program the stickers, too — up to a few thousand times apparently, which should be enough.
But the tech actually has many more applications, and Samsung wants owners of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone to discover and perhaps even create some of those novel uses of NFC with a product called TecTiles.
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