NFC, RFID and the scary march of the amazing phone.

We’ve just been debating the march of the tech that sits in our phones and where it might take us in future.

The first iPhone came out in 2007 – less than seven years ago, and to my mind that led the charge. A few people had Blackberrys before then and they were amazingly cool, but it was the full on force of the touch screen than truly raised the bar. This was a gadget that did stuff that was sci-fi only a year before.

So what does it do now?

Well there’s radio, tv, tv on demand.

Then there’s books, maps, a compass and a torch.

Of course it’s a calculator, a computer and a dairy.

And then there’s everything you never knew you wanted from a few hundred thousand apps too.

But the exciting stuff that’s coming online includes its use as a key, a payment device and other stuff using RFID and NFC tech.

The wily Koreans and Japanese have been using tap to pay from their phones for years, but it’s only just arriving here. I predict that it’ll scare the life out of many people and there’ll be scandalous reports in the press on how we all risk having our bank accounts raped just as there was when Oyster Cards and stuff like that cmd out.

The conversation started from an article in TechMagazine that Paul had been reading, and it’s the stuff about locks that I find exciting. Imagine a hotel with no keys! Holiday Inn are apparently trialling it now and I’m surer it’ll catch on soon. It has to be better than the stupid little cared that so often fail meaning that you have to traipse all the way back to reception.

What next though, that’s what we wanted to know. We thought that perhaps if you have cars with keyless entry now, then why not have that controlled by your phone, and then the car could adjust itself from your girlfriend’s settings to yours when you get in. Then imagine losing your phone! No access to your car, hotel, bank, or any of the other bits – scary!

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