Cambridge start-up brings NFC to Raspberry Pi

Cambridge-based start-up AppNearMe has launched a Near Field Communication (NFC) design platform for the development of sensors and actuators that can communicate a phone or tablet using NFC.

The board can also be used as an accessory for popular prototyping platforms such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi.

Cambridge start-up brings NFC to Raspberry Pi

According to Donatien Garnier, company founder:

“Near Field Communication is a technology that can trigger actions based on touch based interactions. However the very limited offering in terms of development tools and platforms makes it difficult to use it.”

The MicroNFCBoard supports all three modes of NFC (reader/writer, card emulation and peer-to-peer) natively. It can communicate with passive NFC tags or Android and Windows phones and tablets.

Users can reprogram the onboard ARM microcontroller using the online platform to develop their own applications.

All source code and design files will be open-sourced at the end of a Kickstarter campaign.

The development kit also works along with a companion Android app (the AppNearMe app) that makes it easy to visualise the board’s inputs and control its outputs via NFC. For instance it can be used to visualise sensors’ values in real time, or activate or deactivate a function.

Donatien Garnier on the internet of things:

“The assumption for Internet of Things products is that they should be connected to the Internet permanently. This creates issues in terms of cost, power consumption and privacy. What we argue is that many devices will only require connectivity when a user is in physical proximity, and NFC is the ideal candidate in these cases.”

The company will be accepting pre-orders and pledges via their Kickstarter campaign up until July 27th.


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