Remote Access

Jackie Micucci
Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

You get to the train station and realize you have no idea what line to take to get to your destination. You could ask the cranky information booth dude for help (given he’s actually on duty) or try to decipher the grimy, gum-laden display map. But what if you could scan a Tag that lets you interact with an information screen in front of you?

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A user’s smartphone could become a remote control of sorts all thanks to Microsoft Tag. A commuter can scan the Tag to begin his search and then remotely interact with the screen in front of him. The Tag would connect the user to the screen for display purposes and he can enter the stop or address. The screen then displays where the user is and where to get off. It could even include additional directions or information such as if a station exit is closed or a particular stop is being diverted to another station.

While traveling is a great practical purpose for Tag to turn your phone into a remote, it could also be used at parties or events. Party goers could scan a Tag and then post messages or photos on a giant screen… maybe even on the billboard in Times Square. Now that’s what I call a universal remote.

What would be some other ways Tag could turn your smartphone into a remote? Let us know with your comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.


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