Monday, 3 October 2011

Integration of Android and NFC into Home Entertainment System

"Integration of Android and NFC into Home Entertainment System" is one of the Multimedia University Faculty of Engineering Final Year Project proposal for session 2011/12. The project is inspired by Google IO 2011 Day 1 keynote about the Android@Home as shown below:

The main feature of the system will be described as the scenario below:
  • Once a selected music album cover attached with NFC (Near Field Communication) tag is brought near to an embedded NFC reader in a home speaker system or an Android phone with NFC capability (Nexus S), the home entertainment system will start playing the song, and the Android phone will display the information of the album. 
The project will be divided into two parts:
  1. The development of the embedded NFC reader in a home speaker system using either a USB NFC reader such as ACR122U NFC Contactless Smart Card Reader connected to a Windows Presentation Foundation application on a PC or an embedded NFC module such as SM130 13.56 MHz RFID Mifare Module connected to a network enabled Arduino or mbed embedded system. The NFC reader will continuously waiting to read an NFC tag brought near to it and immediately send the data read to a home entertainment system to trigger the playing of an album. 
  2. The development of the Android application on an Android device that waiting to read from an NFC tag to trigger the playing of an album similar to part 1 and to display the information retrieved from the home entertainment system about the album.
Use of SM130 13.56MHz Mifare Module in my previous project

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