Near-field communications (NFC) technology was also demonstrated by IDA at the show. The Apple iPhone used in the demonstration has an NFC-dongle attached. The photo above shows the dongle reading information from the NFC chip--a video of how to make yummy tiramisu is then pushed to the phone. The phone shown in the lower half of the picture is used as a charge card, with the receipt terminal printing out the amount paid.
NFC will not yet be available for the mass market in Singapore because of a lack of infrastructure ranging from NFC-equipped phones to NFC terminals, said the demonstrator. IDA hopes to promote the technology and is now in discussions with telcos and banks.
Photo by Liau Yun Qing