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Automate Your Life With Your NFC Capable Smartphone - Part II

Posted May 24, 2012 12:02 PM by yamdankee

In Part I, we discussed the technology behind and the benefits of Near Field Communication (NFC). Now, let's put it to use!

Automatic Music Streaming in your Car

Things you'll need: An NFC enabled phone, an NFC Tag, Bluetooth stereo*, an NFC Tag Reader/Writer such as NFC Task Launcher, Tasker, and lastly your favorite media player. (The linked reader/writer has automated functions built- in like switching on/off Bluetooth, but I will use Tasker for this example because it handles the overall task much better, is more powerful, and I would like to showcase this particular app's power, too. Tasker is a powerful app that can automate just about everything on your phone.)

1) Getting in the car. Create a Tasker task that will perform everything you want to happen on the first tap of your NFC Tag. In this case we want to turn off WiFi, turn on Bluetooth, open the media player, start playing automatically, and finally turn off the screen. Here's how I set up Tasker to do that:

a. Mobile Data - Turns on 3G Data

b. Bluetooth ON

c. WiFi OFF

d. If Bluetooth connects (to my stereo), launch App TinyShark

e. It takes a moment for TinyShark to connect to its servers, so I set a delay of 10 seconds

f. TinyShark currently does not have the option to start playing automatically, so steps 6 through 8 simulate a Dpad or a Trackball to navigate to the Play menu within the app and press the play button. 6 Navigates to Play screen.

g. Navigate to Play button

h. Presses Play button

i. Turns off screen

In Car Task Complete!

(Click here to get Tasker for your phone!)

(In Car Task)

2) Getting out of the car. Create a Tasker task that will perform everything you want to happen on the second tap of your NFC Tag. In this case we want to close the media player, turn off Bluetooth, and turn WiFi back on.

a. Simulates Menu button

b. Navigate to Exit button

c. Presses Exit button

d. Bluetooth OFF

e. WiFi ON

f. Turns off screen

You have now successfully created the tasks that you want to execute when you tap your phone on the Tag when you get into and out of the car. Next, we tell the Tag what its job is:

3) Open NFC Task Launcher

4) Select New Tag

5) Select New Switch

6) Tap the first Unassigned slot and select the Tasker task for Get

ting in the car. Save.

7) Tap the second Unassigned slot and select the Tasker task for Getting out of car. Save.

8) It will prompt you to hold your phone over the tag to program it. Do so, and you're done!

9) Place the tag anywhere in your car where you can easily tap and get on your way. For me, it's near the cup holder.

That's it! Now every time you get in your car, you can listen to your favorite music, streaming or stored, by just tapping your phone on a surface. It helps you save time and battery!

*If you don't have a Bluetooth stereo, don't sweat it! If your car has an auxiliary port, you can make use of that. Tasker is smart enough to know when you plug your 3.5mm audio cable into your phone. The event of plugging the cable in can act as the initiator. So you don't need NFC, but what fun is that?

See Part I for more information on how to get started. Please feel free to share you ideas, questions, or comments about Tasker and what else could be done with Tasker and NFC tags!

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05/25/2012 4:01 PM

Great blog on how the set up goes together, my friend loved it. After some testing around town I may do the same. BUT that is a far cry from getting the elusive and specific motorcycle, AMA Superbike series from SpeedTV downloaded from somewhere to my Samsung Galaxy Nexux tethered to my MacBook or old iBookG4 so I can replay the races on our boat. We will be going up the east coast from NC to NY and I am having a bitter time. NetFlix, Hulu etc do not seem to cary SpeedTV and I am not savvy in this type of tech. Murphy says I'll have it all figured out just when the last race finnishes. Good blog job though! Thanks.

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