Your online orders could start shipping in NFC-enabled smart packaging
You may eventually be able to inspect food at the supermarket just by tapping it with your phone. The NFC Forum — the group behind the short-range wireless standard — said today that it has partnered with the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association to help develop smart packaging for food and other products.
The groups expect early examples to include “interactive tags and labels” that would pull up information about a product on your phone. The groups also say NFC-enabled time and temperature monitors could be put to early use, possibly allowing grocers to know how long a cut of meat has been sitting out and whether its temperature has been properly maintained.