Six uses for near-field communication

NFC is about much more than Google Wallet and corporate ID badges


Google Wallet, the search giant's new payment method that involves waving your smartphone in front of an NFC (near-field communication) scanner, has made the technology a hot topic in tech circles. Some Android and BlackBerry devices support NFC, mainly for sharing contact info and other snippets with other people with compatible devices.

But there's more to today's NFC than just paying for stuff (and those badges you use to get into your office every day). In fact, NFC use has expanded into all sorts of uses, from parking meters to health monitoring. Here's a rundown of what's been happening in the NFC realm.