NFC or Near Field Communications is the latest technological addition to many smartphones, allowing customers to pay for items simply by tapping their phone against a contactless payment terminal. Done very simply by using a short-range, low power wireless link, data is transferred between the two devices when held close together. NFC tags (which can be placed anywhere- in shops, on posters and trains) are also being used to let people download discount vouchers, web addresses and much more.
“Contactless cufflinks was something we spoke about when we first heard of near field communications” says James Deakin, head designer at Deakin & Francis. “Creating the cufflinks was tricky and we definitely had a few moments where we were ready to give up, but seeing them working just as well, if not better than the smartphones now is a testament to the skill of our design team here in the workshops”
Making the cufflinks NFC ready involved the painstaking process of building tiny SIM cards, smaller than the ones found in smartphones, and carefully inserting them into the cufflinks. In the fitting of the cufflinks a minute battery has been placed providing the SIM card with a very low power supply. The batteries have been specially made for the cufflinks and are guaranteed to provide at least 100 years of power so no need to worry about the tricky task of replacing them!
Henry Deakin, Sales director at Deakin & Francis and the first person to trial the Contactless Cufflinks has already been promoting them to his customers, “For the modern day gentlemen these cufflinks are essential” he argues, “You don’t need to worry about your phone battery dying or misplacing your wallet all you need to do is make sure you are dressed properly!”
With the first pair already sold to a very famous and very busy fashion icon, Deakin & Francis is confident that the 18ct gold dollar contactless cufflinks are going to be one of its best sellers this year.
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