NXP is providing the NFC technology for Xiaomi’s new PonPon Tile 2.0 stickers. The stickers are part of Xiaomi’s Mi smart home portfolio, and are built to make it easier for consumers to configure and manage their various devices.
Once they have been installed, people can scan the PonPon stickers using a Xiaomi smartphone equipped with the Mijia (Mi Home) mobile app. From there, they can manage all of their Mi devices through the app itself, giving them the ability to run their entire house using a simple and convenient interface.
The stickers themselves utilize the NTAG NFC chip solution from NFC. The NTAG tech is NFC Forum Tag certified, and offers protected on-chip storage of NDEF formatted data that can be read and rewritten with a Xiaomi phone.
PonPon is compatible with a wide variety of smart home devices, including smart lights, smart cameras, and smart TVs. The stickers communicate with those devices through a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection, allowing customers to control devices through their phone, and to share access to those devices with other friends and family members. People can also monitor the status of their devices, and order individual devices to carry out certain tasks at certain times.
“PonPon Tile 2.0 stickers have been developed as a smart shortcut for easy access and use of all Mi Home devices, enhancing peoples’ comfort, safety and entertainment throughout the home,” said NXP VP and IoT Security GM Philippe Dubois. “We look forward to continued collaboration on new ideas that brighten and simplify people’s everyday lives.”
The PonPon stickers are available at Xiaomi retail stores, and online in China. Xiaomi plans to expand to other markets over the course of the next year.
NXP, meanwhile, recently released the third version of its MIFARE DESFire smart city solution. The company’s NFC technology has also appeared in the new Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra.