You've probably heard tons of NFC news and how it'll revolutionize your wallet, but Nokia's Play 360 portable speaker thinks outside of the box: it uses proximity to activate wireless sound syncing. Cables be damned, this is the future of audio.
Housed in a cute little 4.3 x 4.3 x 4.9-inch case, the Play 360 is a small Hi-Fi speaker system that promises to make wireless speaker sound as simple as possible. To transmit music from an NFC-enabled smartphone, just tap it to the speaker. Almost instantly, your music should start blasting out of the cyan, silver or black speakers.
To kick things up a notch, two Play 360s can be paired together just by having them sit in close proximity. Once within range, the two speakers will automatically switch over to stereo sound mode, separating audio into left and right channels as fit. If setting up a wireless speaker system with NFC isn't Mom-friendly, I don't know what is.
Nokia hasn't talked pricing yet, but the speaker should last about 20 hours on one charge and can be paired with any Bluetooth-enabled phone, laptop or MP3 player as well. There's also a 3.5mm audio jack for when your music gadgets don't support Bluetooth or NFC, but really, why buy a Play 360 if you're only going to tether it up to cable?
I was skeptical of NFC in my smartphone at first, but the Play 360 has sparked my interest in the tech again, assuming the sound doesn't sound crummy.