NFC

DESCRIPTION:

NFC is a ruby wrapper for the Near Field Communication library. The Near Field Communication library works with many USB RFID readers, so this gem lets you read RFID tags.

FEATURES/PROBLEMS:

  • Only supports ISO1443A (MIFARE) tags right now.

SYNOPSIS:

require 'nfc'

# Read your tag and print the info.
p NFC.instance.find

# NFC#find will return immidiately, which means you should have a tag
# sitting on the reader when running it.  If you'd like it to block until
# it detects a tag, give find a block like so:

NFC.instance.find do |tag|
  p tag
end

# You can even run in an infinite loop if you'd like to continually find
# tags:

loop do
  NFC.instance.find do |tag|
    p tag
  end
end

REQUIREMENTS:

  • A USB RFID reader. I'm using the touchatag.

  • libnfc

INSTALL:

First install libnfc. I installed libnfc via MacPorts like this:

$ sudo port install libnfc

The install the gem:

$ sudo gem install nfc

NOTE!!!! The nfc gem requires libnfc version 1.5.0 or greater!

LICENSE:

(The MIT License)

Copyright © 2009-2011 Aaron Patterson

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