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Nokia Prepping NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE For 'Treasure Tag'


Big players, including Google, have tried hard to bring-out the Near Field Communication, or NFC, technology to lime-light, with little success. And now, it is Nokia coming out with a bluetooth accessory named 'Treasure Tag', which allows users to track items from a phone, based on the NFC ideology.

The new accessory is built upon an idea introduced by Tile, a recently funded Kickstarter project, that works on Apple's iPhone. Featuring Nokia's Bluetooth Low-Energy technology, the tag can be paired with a Windows Phone via NFC, using a Windows Phone 8 app.

The app, built on Nokia's LiveSight LiveSight AR tech, when installed on a Windows phone allows users to manage the sensor and track the accessory when its lost. The app also displays the location of the sensor on a map.

Users can also track a lost phone that is paired to the sensor by holding down a key on the device, which will trigger a notification sound on the phone, provided the phone is within the range.

Powered by batteries which can last over six months, the tags are designed to be switched on all the time. The Treasure Tag will also be the first device to use Nokia's low-energy bluetooth technology, which will be rolled-out with the 'Amber' update in August.

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