Featured Product Archive
The inventions and products featured on these pages were chosen either for their
uniqueness in the RF engineering realm, or are simply awesome (or ridiculous) enough
to warrant an appearance.
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You can also buy a stick-on NFC tag to attach to just about anything
- great for promotional gear.
For not an awful lot of money (about $1.50 each)
you can buy business cards that have an NFC (near field communications)
antenna and chip built in that will transfer your selected information to an associate's
cellphone or tablet computer. Bump your card on someone's phone and have it connect
to your LinkedIn or Facebook page, go to your website and/or have a bookmark added,
open an e-mail with your address already typed in, have a digital version of your
business card appear, download an app, or open a video chat. Each company has its
own variety of functions available. This would be great for personal business use
of for your company to hand out at trade shows.
A nice feature of the NFC business card is that you can update it online with
new information and functionality to reflect contact changes or just about anything
that comes as part of the original design package. Many manufacturers provide the
capability to monitor the usage of your NFC business card to track how many times
it has been accessed, from what location, by whom, and which features were used.
I did not find any information suggesting that there is an additional charge for
this service, so be sure to ask the vendor.
The companies listed below, BigDawg and MOO, seem to be a couple of the largest
players in the NFC business card market, but there are others. Both places provide
a short video demonstrating the process. You can design your card entirely from
scratch or use one of the provided templates.
As of this writing, apparently just about every major smartphone manufacturer
except Apple support NFC tags. Apple only uses NFC to allow members of its congregation
to make purchases from the Apple Pay system.
While on the subject of cool business cards, I also
business cards. It would be slick to use a design with a Smith Chart showing
a two-step impedance match or maybe a spectrum analyzer display with and without
a filter installed. BTW, the industry term for holographic printing is "4D lenticular
printing;" in fact, do your search on "lenticular
Posted on April 8, 2016