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NFC-connected Phone as a User Interface? There's an App For That!

Charles Lord  (President, Blue Ridge Adv Design)

Location: 107C

Date: Wednesday, May 15

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Track: ESC Boston, Track C: IoT & Connected Devices

Vault Recording: TBD

End Users for devices, particularly the "things" of the IoT, are demanding more sophisticated user interfaces for devices. At the same time, the user's expectation is that more and more things can be controlled by a phone (or tablet) app. During this session, we will present the design steps necessary for both the device side and phone side of a NFC-based user application for controlling a device on the IoT. We will also discuss the steps necessary to make this same app a bluetooth or wi-fi - based connection. Examples of code will be presented as well as a live demo of the operation of a device and phone app.


The Attendee will gain knowledge in the design steps and challenges of using NFC vs BT or WiFi in developing a mobile-based user interface for a device. They will also learn the steps necessary for developing both the device and mobile RF interfaces for NFC as well as BT / WiFi.

Intended Audience

Design engineers as well as managers of IoT and other projects that require a user interface that is not integral the the device itself. It is helpful to have some exposure to app programming but not required. The attendee should definitely be familiar with embedded development code and hardware interfacing.