For example, in board games where cost is a discriminator, to provide higher security in payment cards, or to replace difficult to service and manage hardware readers and access control points with easy to service and update apps on standard mobile devices, etc.
“Our C-touch tag paves the way to a multitude of new applications compared to standard RFID or NFC solutions as it takes advantage of the widespread availability of touchscreen readers compared to the limited amount of NFC readers,” says Kris Myny, principal scientist and R&D team leader at imec. “We are testing the tag system and communication method using a range of different touchscreens from a variety of brands, including Apple, Samsung and Huawei.”
“Our next steps will be to further improve the performance of the tags, enable new features such as bi-directional communication with touchscreens, and work with companies in developing solutions based on C-touch tags in different application domains”, explains Prashant Agrawal, program manager for thin film electronics at imec.
“The C-touch tags will enable us to even further blur the boundaries between digital and physical gaming and unlocks exciting new consumer experiences”, commented Cartamundi’s CTO, Steven Nietvelt involved in the project.
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Cartamundi - www.cartamundi.com