Here is a little piece of information you are free to be excited about. Chrome OS is getting support for NFC. François Beaufort reports that the Chrome team has started working on this new feature and the source available is already available here.
If you have never heard of NFC, here is a little intro, from Wiki.
Near field communication (NFC) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity, usually no more than a few centimeters. Present and anticipated applications include contactless transactions, data exchange, and simplified setup of more complex communications such as Wi-Fi. Communication is also possible between an NFC device and an unpowered NFC chip, called a “tag”.
There is not much of detail available, but here is what we got so far.
- runs with enough permission to access the NFC device,
- provides D-Bus service for Chrome to access NFC functions,
- maintains a callback function table so that all NFC requests/events can be dispatched to right process,
- provides default launcher to work with other system component, for example, a WiFi zero-config passive card can request shill to setup WiFi connection.
Stay tuned for more updates!