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NFC: A smart solution that boosts the usage of electronic technology in our daily life, Part 2

NFC technology may help to track and monitor the sun exposure level especially during summertime, as in the case of the sensor introduced by L’Oréal Company (see Figure 1) that:

“…has launched My Skin Track UV, a sensor equipped with NFC that measures the exposure to ultraviolet light of the wearer. This sensor comes with a companion app for Android and iPhone devices. Approaching your phone to the sensor, you get personalized advice for skin tone and skin type. My Skin Track UV can detect many harmful agents for our skin: UVA and UVB rays, pollution, pollen, heat and humidity. It can store up to three months of data, is activated by the sun and powered by the user's smartphone using Near Field Communication technology. It does not have a battery, which allows it to have a very small size: a diameter of 12 mm for a thickness of 6. Thanks to a clip, it can be easily applied to clothes or accessories, such as a hat. The app uses an intelligent algorithm supported by more than 25 scientific studies to warn the user when environmental exposure is at a level deemed “worrying” for the skin. Every morning, My Skin Track UV will begin to measure the UV exposure of the day. L'Oréal is recommended to wear the sensor every day and synchronize it in the morning and evening (if you are in the house), and every two hours when you are outdoors, for regular updates and monitoring.” (Source: NFC APP)

Figure 1

'L'Oréal's wearable sensor that measures exposure to sunlight'
(Source: NFC APP)

“L'Oréal's wearable sensor that measures exposure to sunlight” (Source: NFC APP)

STMicroelectronics Company has developed a wide portfolio of NFC solutions that are described by a series of very interesting and informative online technical courses:

“The courses will explore how engineers can use our ST25R readers, our ST25D dynamic tags, and our ST25T traditional tag. They are self-contained and do not presume any experience in NFC from the part of the students. The videos go into the evaluation boards (the ST25R3911B-DISCO and the ST25DV-DISCOVERY), graphical user interfaces, and mobile applications used in the coursework while also diving into complex subjects. For instance, the videos above will help engineers design their own reader board by walking them through antenna design and matching, power devices, and layout considerations. ST has tools to help professionals, such as our antenna design calculator in eDesignSuite. However, the courses are here to take students behind the scene to ensure they leave with the experience and knowledge that will help them face the challenges they will meet as they tackle future projects.” (Source: ST Blog)

Figure 2

The NFC technology explained in a video by the STMicroelectronics Company 
(Source: See video here)

The NFC technology explained in a video by the STMicroelectronics Company (Source: See video here)

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