NFC-Enabled Refrigerator Shares Data With Mobile Phones

By Doug

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An electronics and home appliance firm is selling a Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled refrigerator that allows users to track the condition and efficiency of their kitchen appliance, by means of an NFC smartphone loaded with a special application. The refrigerator comes with sensors to detect whether any of its three compartments are open, and to measure the temperature within each compartment. It also includes a processor that tracks the appliance’s energy consumption. A user with an NFC reader built into a phone or tablet would first read the appliance’s tag, and then download the app. At that time, that person would be invited to select which functions he or she wishes to activate and those options are then saved, with the user’s profile linked to his or her mobile phone or tablet reader.