Microsoft Windows 8 NFC tablet shown of by NXP and UPM RFID [video]
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 27th, 2011 at 9:46 PM Filed Under Latest News, Videos
Microsoft Windows 8 NFC shown of by NXP and UPM RFID at the Build Conference
We have all heard about the Windows 8 NFC tablet and the new NFC facilities being built into Windows 8 for all manner of devices, but until now we haven’t really seen this in action. Our friends over at UPM RFID were kind enough to send us a link to a video they shot of that Samsung Windows 8 tablet in full NFC action, reading NFC tags, sharing websites and other content.
You will see in the video how the demonstration shows just how easily the Windows 8 table picks up the tags’ presence and then reads it with no trouble at all. NXP worked with Microsoft to get the NFC drivers up to speed for the Build Conference. By the looks of it, they aced the sharing and reading capabilities in the Samsung Windows 8 NFC tablet.
Windows 8 running on the Samsung tablet using NFC demonstration video
The audio is a little ropey at times, but it does get better as the video plays so please bear with it.
What we actually see is an NFC Forum tag type four being used for the demonstration. From this, we cannot tell how the Samsung Windows 8 tablet would fare with other tag types, however, from what we can observe the early indicators of Windows 8 near field communications abilities are looking very promising. The tablet glides through to webpages that are shared effortlessly and senses near field communication sharing requests immediately. We exclusively revealed last week that beyond what you see the capabilities of the NFC isn’t up to all jobs as yet. We would bet that payments are not supported yet and that is what our source was inferring. Nonetheless, Microsoft has the time it needs to work out the NFC bugs in the system before Windows 8 goes live some time next year.
Way to go Microsoft, NXP and UPM RFID. The combination of the tags, Windows 8 NFC drivers and that Samsung tablet are really impressive.