Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fun with a NFC Android Phone

So you have got yourself a new Android NFC phone, so what's so great about this NFC capability? Firstly, I am not going to explain in depth about the NFC technology and this is something that you can google about. As for what can do with it... introducing an Android Application known as...

(Image taken from Google Play, previously known as Android Market.)

If you own one of the supported cards, you can use 'FareBot' to take at your remaining balance, recent transactions and some other informations about your card.
(Note: I was trying this with my Samsung Galaxy Nexus and it works. :D
Starting from today, I can check my ezlink transactions using my phone. :D
Time to say bye bye to the machines found at the MRT stations. :D)

Here's the list of cards that 'FareBot' currently supports:
  • ORCA - Seattle, WA, USA
  • Clipper - San Francisco, CA, USA
  • EZ-Link - Singapore
  • Suica/ICOCA/PASMO - Japan
  • FeliCa

And here's a simple step by step guide for 'FareBot'.
  1. Place your card on a flat surface.
  2. With your screen of your phone facing upwards, open the Android Application, 'FareBot'.
  3. Place the phone on top of your card and wait for a while.
Note: If the steps in the above doesn't work, try removing the phone casing and give it a try again.

Here's a video to guide you through the use of the Android APp.

* Click here to find out more about the Android App 'FareBot'.
^ Click here to find out more about NFC technology.
~ Click here to grab the latest list of NFC phones.

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