"Use your smartphone to send a unique holiday card"
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Use your smartphone to send a unique holiday card
There are regular holiday cards and then there are NFC enabled holiday cards.
With this DIY, I'll show you how to create holiday cards that launches a video when you tap it with an Android Smartphone.
The first thing we need to do is record that video greeting.
So to do that I'll launch a webcam recording program on my computer.
And record a short holiday greeting.
Hey guys, I just want to wish you happy holidays and a happy new year.
So now that I have my video recorded, I'm going to upload it to my YouTube account and make sure.
Make sure that it's unlisted.
That way, only the people who receive this card can view the video.
It won't be searchable under regular YouTube Search.
And within a few minutes, it should be uploaded to my channel.
And I should have a link to that video.
At this point, what I need to do is program this NFC tag so that when it's tapped with an Android phone, that holiday greeting video launches immediately.
Right now, this only works for Android phones since Apple has locked the iPhone 6 and 6 plus's NFC capability to only work with Apple Pay.
So for this I'll use Trigger, which is a free app for Android.
I'll hit the plus sign to create a new task and select NFC.
Hit next and then done.
Now we'll create the task.
So we'll hit next again.
Hit the plus sign to create a task, and then choose Open a URL.
Hit Next, and in this window, we'll type in the URL for the video I just uploaded.
Then I'll hit Add to Task, hit Next.
And now I'll grab my NFC tag and hold it to the back of my phone so that it writes that.
To the tag.
And it's done!
The last thing we need to do is adhere the NFC tag to my greeting card.
And these are great, because they're actually adhesives.
I got a pack of 12 for about $14.
I'll just peel the back off, and put it right on the greeting card.
Just like that.
Now when my recipient receives this card, they'll see this little Android logo and when they tag, they'll get a little video surprise.
I just want to wish a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.
If this is something that you wanna do with a lot of family and friends this year, consider getting a pack of NFC tags.