Wanna see something cool?
These little polymer clay doodads are NFC-enabled. Each of them can be programmed to do a specific task when held up to an unlocked phone. They can do stuff like this:
– open a website address
– open an app
– sign you into a wifi network
I have one on my keychain that is programmed to open Polka Dot Cottage, so if somebody asks me where they can buy one of those colorful rings I’m wearing, I can tap the polymer tile to their unlocked phone and it will open lisaclarke.net in their browser.
I have one in the car that I use to quickly open Spotify on my phone.
I have one in the family room that friends and family can use to connect to my wifi network without typing in the long password.
I’m still exploring this technology, as well as playing with ways to encase it in polymer and make it pretty. These prototypes make me happy. Even the pink one where the tip of the teardrop broke off. I just sanded it down and drilled a new hole. Weird shape, but good as new.
I’m thinking about making tiles like these available in my shop. What do you think? Can you see yourself using a custom polymer clay bauble that lets you easily share your website to a friend’s phone? Or share your Instagram profile with that kindred spirit who noticed you snapping photos in the park? So many possibilities!
What would you like to be able to do with a tap?
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