Qt at MWC: Qt and Near-Field Communications (NFC)

Published Wednesday February 16th, 2011
16 Comments on Qt at MWC: Qt and Near-Field Communications (NFC)
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Shopwizer by Digia

Shopwizer by Digia

We are continuing our Qt at MWC series. In light of last Friday’s announcements we also continue to search for answers that our community is asking. We are not done communicating on that front, however we want to also show what we are doing at Mobile World Congress.

What is NFC?

For those that don’t know, NFC is a hot new technology that will make mobile devices that much more powerful and important in our lives. It gives users the ability to interact with other devices that are nearby. Think about buying a soda from a vending machine simply by waving your phone at it, or printing pictures from your mobile by setting it down on top of your printer. At the show here there are many examples of NFC.

First, what can Qt do with NFC?

Qt and the Qt Mobility APIs make it possible to integrate with stores and more. The upcoming release of Qt Mobility (1.2) features the Connectivity API, which allows NFC enabled phones such as the Nokia C7 to recognise NFC tags.

What are we demonstrating?

Digia, one of our certified Qt partners has produced a nifty demo that previews what Qt can do in the NFC space. They have created an app called ShopWizer that currently runs on a Nokia C7. Applications such as Shopwizer are made possible by this API, and Digia used a technical preview version of the Connectivity API from Qt Mobility 1.2 to build the demo.

ShopWizer enables users to:
1 Discover things to buy in an easy, new & personal way
2 Get advice from buddies during shopping
3 Create and follow your collection of things you want to buy

(one final note – the demo is intended to show some cool future possibilities with the Qt Mobility Connectivity API. Yes it is running on a Nokia C7, but it is a Qt demo, not a Nokia demo. It isn’t an indication of what Nokia’s plans may or may not be for NFC)

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16 comments

Janne Koskinen says:

While waiting for official demo you check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhwXuKOXMNI

paulo says:

I can’t wait to try this in my C7.

erik says:

Hi,

Where can I find more info on the NFC on the C7 and the supported tags ?

I have an immediate need for developing such an application and just got a C7.

Thank you,

Hugo says:

I’ve watched the video, great stuff !! How does the phone knows its touching an object ?

miksuh says:

@Hugo

I don’t know any details about that demo, but Nokia C7 has a NFC chip and Qt Mobility 1.2 supports NFC.Product then has a NFC tag and phone then recognizes it. NFC uses short range radio signals so you don’t actually need to touch the prioduct, just put phone close to it.

Shaun says:

Call me pessimistic but that last paragraph in parenthesis isn’t reassuring. I do hope we’re actually going to see QtMobility 1.2 on Symbian.

John says:

Cool,
Let’s get serious here, how does NFC work on WP7?

Aron (Nokia) says:

@Shaun: Think of it as a disclaimer to illustrate that we aren’t announcing any products here, just showing a cool demo.

miksuh says:

@ Shaun

> Call me pessimistic but that last paragraph in parenthesis isn’t
> reassuring. I do hope we’re actually going to see QtMobility 1.2 on
> Symbian.

I find it hard to beleie Nokia has decided to kill Symbian and MeeGo amd Nokia Qt SDK still has Qt Mobility 1.0, not even QtMobility 1.1 is included in the SDK 😛 (I don’t count technology previews).

miksuh says:

beleie = believe

Jeff says:

@Shaun: Look at the Qt Mobility 1.2 project in gitorius, there is Symbian code in there. An actual beta release of that Symbian code is supposed to be coming out soon (on the order of weeks, not months).

Guido Seifert says:

A few days earlier I would have been excited.

Shaun says:

@Aron, I know, I know, but do you blame me for being pessimistic.

@Jeff, it’s the final release dates that seem to be the sticking point with Nokia, not the beta releases and demos.

Think positive.

koumparos says:

LOL John

Biggy says:

Digia is too excellent 🙂 A leading, innovative and world class software company from Finland.

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