Japan: NFC Tagged Library Lets you Research Books with Your Smartphone Before You Borrow
A library in Japan has added NFC tags to bookshelves, allowing users to get more information on a book with their smartphones before deciding to borrow.
But it’s always interesting when someone does something different with NFC and in this case it’s bringing the old world and the new into harmony. A Japanese library in Saitama Prefecture in Hanno has equipped shelves with NFC tags from Fujitsu.
From those tags you’ll be able to access things like author information and details about books, as well as being able to reserve books you want to borrow, or review books you have read.
The library is equipped with 100 such tags and is looking to expand the system. Fujitsu, however, has its eye on 500 libraries across the country for expansion of the information system.
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