HP hiring NFC engineer to complement Touch-To-Share technology | webOS Nation

HP hiring NFC engineer to complement Touch-To-Share technology 27

by Tim Stiffler-Dean Tue, 21 Jun 2011 7:51 pm EDT

With a steep set of qualifications and skills required for the position, HP has listed an NFC Engineer on their Trovix job recruitment page. As we told you earlier this month, this job listing confirms that HP is seriously contemplating bringing the NFC (Near-Field Communication) technology to their webOS hardware, which directly affects the Touch-To-Share technology of the TouchPad and Pre3/Veer combo.

A job listing like this doesn't confirm that HP will be moving to use NFC any time soon with production devices, or at all, just that they are testing all possible options for future webOS Smartphones and Tablets before making hardware decisions. There are a few differences between the two technologies, as we've mentioned before, and HP's interest in NFC could be more about integrating their ecosystem into other popular platforms than just switching to another technology that serves the same purpose.

Will we see both NFC and Touch-to-Share built into future webOS devices? Or will HP end up choosing one over the other? There are no definite answers just yet, but we do expect to learn at least a little more as HP announces more devices in the future. In the meantime, hit the link below to see the full job specifications and apply if you're interested/qualified.


Hiring just now? THey'll be late to the game... meh.

I know, they are always late in the game. Though I am glad, they are making a step in right direction.

On the other hand I don't see NFC becoming anything that is going to be a "must-have-feature" for Smartphones during this and the next year. Until the end of this year we probably even aren't going to see any infrastructure for this and until this is widely adopted a few further years will pass.

Job posted two days ago, instead of 2 months ago, almost we can hear Ruby say if we have put pre plus on verizon before Android came, webOS would have been a dominant system.

So, we know for sure that they don't have *any* NFC engineers yet, eh? Could be they're hiring *more*, right?

Correct. First thing that popped into my mind. A job posting does NOT mean you have no one doing similar jobs currently.

Anyway, I see this as a good thing. I want NFC everywhere. Lots of uses for it beyond electronic payment. Android, BB and Nokia are doing it. Apple and now HP are rumored. This is good.

I do think that this is encouraging, not so much for the "touch to share", but the implied commentment to the 'smartphone'.

Now - If we can only get the Pre3 on Sprint So I have something to touch and share with!!!

We need to make a Sprint-Pre3-Precentral.net drinking game!

You have to drink two shots if the comment says both 'First' and 'get the Pre3 on Sprint'.

this technology (nfc) might work hand to hand with the touch to share tech. this could be great. Great hope to Hp.

Touch-to-Share is kind of gimmicky anyway. Even if you happen to be holding two of these high-tech devices in your hands, touching them together to make something happen doesn't seem very 21st Century. Not when everyone else is transferring content via the cloud without regard to the physical location of their connected devices.

Cloud sharing is for files, settings, and the like.

Touch-to-Share and NFC are for sharing "now" content that the cloud isn't appropriate for, e.g. sending a link to your tablet or making payments with your phone.

TTS is just going to send over the URL. The content, whether it be a web page, picture, or other link to music is still going to have to come from the cloud or internet. So, you still have to have to simultaneous connectivity to get the content that you want to share.

It would be neat if TTS could be used to send over a wifi tethering protocol i.e. Touch-to-share-my-hotspot but that would mostly be useful for devices that have not been previously linked in any way.

There's no reason it couldn't be used that way. It has plenty of potential applications and the URL sharing is just a reference design to get developers started.

Except that TTS is proprietary. Implemented via NFC, it could actually become useful beyond the current "gimmick" that it is.

Also as much as I understand are those coils only there to register if there is another device near it.

For the communication they both are switching to Bluetooth. So I would rather think, that HP is going to keep those coils and might just add NFC or replace Bluetooth with it to some degree.

NFC can't replace BT for this function, it does not have the range for an extended communication.

Nor the size requirements. NFC is best used as a trigger.

Truth is it is not an either/or situation. NFC will be used to initiate cloud sharing. NFC, by itself, is very limited in what it can transfer (both size and distance). Combining NFC with the cloud (or local services) is the winning combination.

If touch to share is a gimmick then so is NFC. Standard is usually better than propitiatory. See USB Vs. Firewire for any questions you might have. That being said Apple did force its iPod connector on the world.

TTS is more of a gimmick as currently advertised compared to NFC.

"high paced, schedule driven environment" [sic]

That will happen "in the coming months".

For every webOS user's benefit, HP better be developing TTS technology for more than just web page sharing. I want to be able to "beam" PIM data to/from devices like back in the old Palm days. Has there been any discussion on the limitations of TTS to date? I've seen several demo videos where the demonstrator stated that TTS only works with URLs. Anyone heard otherwise? Does TTS work between two devices that do not have the same Palm Profile but have TTS coils?

I actually do miss the beam/IR

So far TTS seems to be limited to the devices on one profile. This is what the interviews I have heard indicate. Between profiles may/may not be available.

My guess is that the TTS coils will be replaced by NFC coils, and so I'll pass on this current generation of the phones and tablet.