•   almost 12 years ago

usage of NFC


I presume that people will use the Mintchip if it's easy to use. When we make a payment, we don't want to fuss with pairing Bluetooth (if Bluetooth wants to connect...) with a passphrase.

It could be automated, but there is some security issues here, and this is why Blackberry doesn't give access to the API to do that.

Now, they just implemented NFC (Near Field Communication) in their new phones and OS and they are using it to generate an automated secure Bluetooth connection to complete the transfer or transaction. Cool!

You can check here:


But I don't want to replace my phone (Torch 9800) and I would need a computer which would accept the technology (or another phone) to program an application to use NFC (and the following automated Bluetooth connection).

And the Iphone doesn't even have the NFC technology yet.

So, can we submit a dummy application which would simulate such a transfer and would it be valid in the contest?

I have been banging my head to find an easy solution through Bluetooh or Wifi for the end user, but there don't seem to be any. Easy solution for me in my office is to connect a USB cable. But I don't see myself connecting a USB cable to a vending machine...

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  • Manager   •   almost 12 years ago

    Hi Pierre,

    Thanks for writing. Proofs of concept are fine as long as the submission includes a working application that uses MintChip.
    Please keep in mind that it's very important that you represent the working application accurately, meaning that if it doesn't use NFC, you should not represent that it does (the video/description have to accurately describe what the app does). You can describe what you think are the potential directions the proof of concept could take and how it could be applied using NFC, etc.

    If you have any further questions regarding the rules, please feel free to email me directly at support@challengepost.com


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