Whether you are a company or customer benefiting from it, or a provider of the technology such as ourselves, there has never been a more exciting time to be connected with NFC. That's because we are moving so fast; both in terms of what is becoming possible, and how long products take to be introduced into a receptive market.
The latest example of this is the new 'wearable' designed by Tag Heuer in collaboration with Google Android Wear - the 2.0 operating system to be exact. This new connected watch affords its users the convenience of innovations such as Contactless payment through Android Pay. Intel are also in on the act, and had a hand in the production of Tag Heuer's Connected Modular 45 collection, which looks like a peek into the future of what we wear on our wrists.
A watch to be reckoned with
While the main purpose of the NFC technology used is the payment aspect, as is usually the case with NFC, there is an exciting array of possibilities on the horizon which means our watches could soon be doing so much more!
Other neat features in the Tag Heuer watches will be a microphone - which happens to be water resistant - that allows users to talk to Google Assistant. That's not to mention Bluetooth connectivity and a host of customisation options.
A Tag Heuer reads: "The watch makes your day-to-day life easier, saving you time, as you can make Contactless payments using its NFC chip and the Android Pay app means you can use your watch to pay directly at enabled points of sale.”
Smart jacket, anyone?
There's no stopping Google when it comes to wearables, and they have also teamed up with Levi's to produce a 'smart jacket' - a connected version of their Trucker's Jacket which features a tag in the denim which can connect the garment with Smartphones. For cyclists, this is a god send, meaning they will feasibly be able to take calls with just the swipe of a sleeve while on the go, and use other functions without having to dangerously fumble for their phone.
Where are we going?
Like Google, we are thrilled about the potential of the NFC Wearables movement, and over the coming months we are poised to launch a new NFC Wearables and Jewellery range. It will include NFC innovations based on rings, necklaces and bracelets. Exciting times!