NFC is the big buzz word everywhere now and most people don’t even know what it is, what it does or that they already have it in their phone.
Will the new iPhone have it? Nobody knows until it is revealed, but that shouldn’t stop us from exploring it.
And that is exactly what Razorfish in Germany did with this 2 day project, coming up with the best idea on NFC usage I have seen so far.
The idea is simple, just like you used to get your candy from a machine you can now get all kinds of digital goodies: Apps, movies, songs, ebooks, as well as other exclusive and location-based content that can be pushed to a phone. Simply enter a coin and turn the lever – then follow the animation and tap your smartphone next to the release chute.
In terms of hardware, we used a Samsung Galaxy Tab, an NFC shield, a simple reed switch and two Arduino microcontrollers – all nicely fitted into an original Gum Machine metal base.
Super awesome indeed. Nicely done Razorfish. You can read more about it here.