Just the other week I wrote on these pages about how I’m using the Galaxy SIII’s NFC chip to automate some functions and make life with my mobile just a little easier.
I happened to mention that I was using a rather, um, “attractive” green wristband to toggle the brightness of the phone’s screen when I go outside in the sun. I commented that I was planning on swapping it for a black one, and my intention was to order a black version of the one I’ve been using the next time I order new tags.
Well, the awesome chaps over at AndroidBands.com happened to read my post and sent me one of their black wrist bands, and two of their sticker tags! How cool of them was that? Very cool, is how.
Their band is much cooler looking.
The strap size is adjustable, having 3 rubber studs at one end which can connect to any of the 7 holes at the other. The “face” containing the NFC tag is rounded and has the AndroidBands.com logo on it in white, giving it a nice contrast.
The tag itself is functionally larger than the old green band. AndroidBands.com provide the large MIFARE tags, which have a usable size of 716 bytes. That’s pretty huge for NFC, and should be more than adequate to store your NFC tasks and data.
My old green band wasn’t MIFARE, it was an old Forum Type 2, which only had useable 46 bytes, which is pretty limiting if you’re a serious NFC user.
The two stickers they sent were MIFARE 716 byte tags also, and similarly branded with the AndroidBands.com logo. I get the impression that the guys are new players in the field of NFC products, but they’re definitely off to a great start.
So far they’re only selling self-branded NFC stickers and wristbands, but as the technology sees more uptake (and it will, there’s no way on Earth that Apple can leave it out of the iPhone 5) I bet they expand into key fobs, printable stickers and other NFC tag products.
If I have one criticism it’s that the band takes a bit of fiddling to secure with the rubber fasteners; it’s worth persevering with, but in the future I’d like to see a Velcro or buckle style wristband become available, even at a higher price point.
As an NFC user and mobile geek I’m impressed so far. The wristband they sent me is just what I was looking for (thanks guys!) and I’ll definitely be ordering up a few of their MIFARE stickers when my supply needs replenished.
Go check them out.
What products would you like to see come NFC enabled? Let me know in the comments.