Android Contactless-RFID Controlled Rice Cooker By Panasonic

Panasonic’s new SR-SX2 Series (SR-SX102-RK black, SR-SX-102-W white, SR-SX182-RK black/large, SR-SX182-W white/large) is the Japan’s first, and I believe the world’s first, smartphone-controlled rice cooker.

On top of the all high-end features such like “200 Celsius degree steam”, “Great-power dancing boil(Dai karyoku odori-daki)”, “Diamond Furnace(Daiyamondo Kamado)”, it newly supports settings-by-smartphone. Holding your FeliCa supported Android over the blue mark on the rice cooker sets rice type, cooking variations and timer. You may pre-set maximum 6 patterns of your family’s favorite steamed rice as well.

You may also connect your Android to the Panasonic’s cooking receipe cloud server [J], search and touch to give the cooking instructions to the cooker. In reverse, you may keep 100 of your recipes on the cloud server.

Felica is Japan/Sony’s contact-less RFID system, used in Japanese cellphones and e-money, also a part of NFC specification. Most of Android handsets sold in Japan by Japanese manufacturers support it under the name “Osaifu Ketai”(cellphone wallet).

The market price of the former model SR-SX101 is about 50,000 yen (US$600) according to the web.

via release [J]

DNP Develops DC-Code, Invisible QR-Code Alternative

Dai Nippon Printing(DNP), the world’s largest printing firm released a free Android app which works with DC Code, which is like popular 2D barcode “QR code” but invisible.

The app instruction is like this,

(1) download app by searching “QUEMA” on Android Market
(2) run the app
(3) hold up your Android over the printings which have digital watermark
(4) related contents (video for example) will be played from your code

DNP named the system using DC Code and smratphone reader app as QUEMA(QUick and Easy Media Access).

Agreed that QR Codes on posters and magazines take some spaces, and that may be annoying for people who do not use QR Code. However, if it is invisible how can people notice that the code is there? Actually, touch-less radio-communication system like NFC has the same problem when you try to use it like QR Code.

via Markezine

Mixi Real Check-in – World First NFC Tag Location Based Service

On February 9th, Mixi enhanced their Mixi Check (service like Facebook Like) and Mixi Check-in (like Foursquare) to NFC(Near Field Communication) compliant. The word “Real” is attached to these two service enhancements.

By that, now you can show your fondness for NFC embedded items on Mixi Real Check, in addition to likes on web pages. You can check-in on Mixi Real Check-in on any NFC enabled objects even if your GPS is out of service, like in building, underground, etc.

Kyosuke Inoue, who worked for Mixi but individually developed Taglet, one of the first Android NFC app last month, extended it and connected with Mixi Real Check and Mixi Real Check-in.

Inoue demonstrated how you can check(like) a book having NFC tag,

You can, for example, assign location on the name plate in venue, to realize more segmented locations even in a single room, which cannot be done with GPS.

Sticker-type NFC tag is available around 50 cents or less, and expected to be cheaper in near future. Shops, events can set several tags on sections, posters on wall, whatever. For example, rewards program promotion can be designed with those detailed locations.

Interestingly, Mixi Real Check and Check-in currently supports only Google Nexus S, which has not been sold in Japan. We were explained that Mixi development team imported about 60 of them and has been playing around.

Their release said that Japan is the most advanced country on Near Field Communication applications, like on train ticker and e-money, with knowledge on them, Mixi can widen its web services to connect real world items and locations.

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Taglet – Contactless Information Sharing App On Android2.3 NFC

Taglet [J] is a new Android app/service utilizing the latest Android 2.3(Gingerbread)’s new feature – NFC.

With the app, you may register any other NFC devices with the service. You may add information like URL, short message, phone number, e-mail address, etc. on each NFC.

Then, when you hold your Android over the device, Taglet will automatically start and show you the registered information. Then you can invoke other apps to use the information.

A demo movie is here, English subtexts are there,

The app is by a Japanese developer Kyosuke Inoue(@kyoro353), who works for Mixi (but developed this as an individual), and a designer Ikumi Katayama(@monja45). Inoue told that they developed this app in three days after he received an imported Nexus S.

They suggest some use cases. Binding NFC train card with your Twitter ID will let you exchange Twitter name by Android touch. As most cellphone and many cards in wallet (train cards, e-wallet cards, tobacco card) have NFC chip in Japan, you can assign several different texts on each NFC and choose which one to hand over your friends Android 2.3.

The site says that the app will be free for good. If you have Android 2.3 – NFC compatible device such like Nexus S, you may install and try now,