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masterson of the universe
06-13-2012, 09:11 AM
Do any of you forsee that GPS manufacturers will ever get into having Near Field Communications capability? At work, we are starting to see more and more of the phones have the capabilities in them and now you can actually purchase programmable stickers with NFC capabilities. While I know it would be as limited as QR caches and WhereiGo caches, it would be kind of neat to do a multi cache that used them. Too much like Munzees?

cano
06-13-2012, 11:11 AM
Do any of you forsee that GPS manufacturers will ever get into having Near Field Communications capability? At work, we are starting to see more and more of the phones have the capabilities in them and now you can actually purchase programmable stickers with NFC capabilities. While I know it would be as limited as QR caches and WhereiGo caches, it would be kind of neat to do a multi cache that used them. Too much like Munzees?

I believe one purpose GPS handhelds are already obsolete and that evolutionary branch is dead. People will stop buying them because they already have cellphones with better capabilities. It would be nice to scan an NFC sticker to add a new waypoint when multicaching, but as you mentioned their usefulness is similar to QR codes. What I'm really waiting for are NFC stickers capable executing a program in them, that would bring geocaching to a whole new level.

Hiram357
06-13-2012, 03:46 PM
Do any of you forsee that GPS manufacturers will ever get into having Near Field Communications capability? At work, we are starting to see more and more of the phones have the capabilities in them and now you can actually purchase programmable stickers with NFC capabilities. While I know it would be as limited as QR caches and WhereiGo caches, it would be kind of neat to do a multi cache that used them. Too much like Munzees?

The Garmin Oregons are capable of doing this, but not with bumping, ya just gotta push the button and you can send caches, waypoints, tracks, ect to other gps units that are set to recieve

UMainah
06-13-2012, 05:15 PM
Do any of you forsee that GPS manufacturers will ever get into having Near Field Communications capability? At work, we are starting to see more and more of the phones have the capabilities in them and now you can actually purchase programmable stickers with NFC capabilities. While I know it would be as limited as QR caches and WhereiGo caches, it would be kind of neat to do a multi cache that used them. Too much like Munzees?

I've been thinking about creating a simple cache using a NFC tag or tags. The tags only cost ~$1. The cache would be similar to a chirp beacon cache.

masterson of the universe
06-13-2012, 07:45 PM
Samsungs NFC stickers are now available I believe Cano. There is going to be a big push with the launch of the new Galaxy III to try to bring NFC into the general public. There is an app that goes with them and they can be programmed right from the handset to run apps, change phone settings, or check into social media kike Facebook or foursquare automatically. If you really wanted to get someone, you could set one up as a cache but really have it pull funds from a Google wallet account and deposit into your own account.