If you’ve used a contactless credit or debit bank card, you’ve used NFC, and now the same tech is arriving in smartphones and TV.
NFC stands for Near-Field Communication, which uses low-power magnetic fields to trigger short bursts of information between an ID chip and a device, or even two devices.
The NFC chips in your TV and phone let them shake hands and connect without the fuss of normal WiFi and Bluetooth, as LG’s Mike Jones demonstrates here.
Once connected, they can share video through services like Miracast, which mirrors the phone on your TV – in this case the LG Optimus Pro G (still in prototype).
Alternatively, you can use DLNA, the media sharing standard that turns your phone and other devices into a server for sharing video, photos and music to other DLNA devices.
With the LG 2013 Smart TVs, the NFC ID tag isn’t built into the TV itself, it’s in a tag you can stick onto your coffee table or just leave lying around for anyone to tag their phone on.
With NFC now built into more and more phones and TVs, it’s going to be easier than ever to throw your photos, films, tunes and YouTube favourites onto the small screens.