Some people thought that developers would just use NFC for contactless payments, however as BGR recently pointed out it seems as if Rovio have found another use for the technology, they have showed this off last week at the MeeGo conference.
At the conference Rovio introduced the world to a new Angry Birds game called Angry Birds Magic, this game boasts a pretty unique feature which allows you to tap two smartphones together whilst running the game to unlock new levels.
We have embedded a video at the end of this post which tells us that Rovio has been working with Nokia to bring NFC features to future Angry Birds titles, in the video you see two Nokia C7 smartphones side-by-side running Angry Birds, when you touch the two smartphones together you unlock an additional 5 levels, pretty neat, eh?
For the Nokia C7 to be able to do this it needs to have received the Anna update for Symbian (which enables NFC), the exciting thing about this is not the fact that you get 5 new levels, its more the fact that NFC is being used for tasks other than contactless payments.
So what could this mean in the future? Well, Rovio are pushing the fact that this will add a real-life social element to their games, but in the bigger picture it could become a huge marketing tool. We envision this tech being snapped up by stores and brands, imagine having to go to your local McDonald’s to tap their “NFC zone” to receive exclusive content for games, the potential is truly staggering.
In a few years time we could receive free wallpapers, apps, voucher codes and much more just by tapping your phone on NFC sensor when you are making a payment etc, do you like the sound of NFC’s huge potential?
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