By MH Staff - Posted on 18th September 2013
Our wireless technology evolves at the speed of light, here’s what you need to stay relevant
1 JBL Powerup
This NFC-enabled speaker allows music playback from your smartphone, and it also acts as a charge pad for your Lumia 920 (or 820, with add-on shell). It illuminates as it connects and is ready to juice up the phone, as well as pump out that offline playlist you got off Nokia Music. Made by JBL / Harman, expect some serious quality sound.
2 Zagg iPad Mini keyboard
The Mini version of the world’s favourite tablet is a remarkably handy size and even pocketable, as long as you don’t buy your jeans in the teenagers’ department. It’s not a full-on business-capable device, but if you need to bang out a quick blog post or draft an impromptu email, this sleek case unfolds into a wireless keyboard.
3 Nokia Lumia 920
Wireless charging? It’s not science fiction. With conductive technology, the pad that’s connected to the electricity supply induces a current in the secondary coil (in the device). Just by placing it on the designated pad, the charger will sense it and power it up.
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Nokia Lumia 920
“What’s the big deal, what’s wrong with my existing charger setup?” you may ask. Well, plugging in your charger is no longer a special event – the device can charge on the pad to while at your desk or in bed. When it rings, pick it up and answer, then replace it. Plus, Nokia claim that keeping your phone charged helps prolong the battery life.
4 Samsung’s Galaxy SIII
Tap: Ever snap a family pic and then suddenly everyone hands you their phone to take another? Just tap their phone and send it.
Tag: Passive NFC tags (some smaller and thinner than a R5 coin) can link you to a website or Twitter handle, and some, placed in strategic places, can set your ringer profile to “quiet” when you arrive at your desk.
Contact: Politely hand someone your business card by merely tapping your two NFC-enabled phones. Or print your paper business card on an NFC tag.
Listen: Some headphones are NFC-ready (Parrot Zik), playing music reliably and with great sound quality. No more swearing at tangled wires.
Pay: One day, most of your smaller purchases and loyalty card swipes will work this way – the Czech Republic has already seen an NFC payment system roll-out.
Near Field Communication
Tipped as the new way forward for making small purchases, Near Field Communication is a tech standard which establishes a low-power radio frequency link between devices by making contact, or “tapping” one another. Send a photo, business card, music or (and now it gets interesting) conduct a transaction. Unlike Bluetooth, there’s no need for annoying “pairing” and passwords.
5 Bang & Olufsen PlayMaker
Legendary Danish high fidelity equipment manufacturer Bang&Olufsen are bang-on up to date with their PlayMaker: a device that plugs into your old hi-fi and wirelessly plays music from using DLNA or AirPlay over a Wi-Fi network. The touch-sensitive volume controller is a stroke of design genius.
6 Garmin Edge 810
Garmin’s new cycling-specific device links to the Garmin app on your smartphone to receive live weather updates, upload your workouts and even to let your friends track your ride, live. So if you’re planning to meet, they can see exactly where you are along the route. That is if you want them to.
Confession time: the Sphero smart ball is controlled via Bluetooth 2.0 but htat doesnt' make it less awesome. Toss it in its wireless charging cradle for some juice, then control the motorised ball with your Android or iOS device using one of the various apps. The future of toys is upon us.