Physics 101

Who would have guessed that NFC and metal don’t go well together? (the material not the music style…) Well, let’s just say we had a suspicion. But we weren’t expecting to ever have to prove it at an event. Then again, who would have thought that a booth is sometimes constructed with metal walls? Definitely was a bit of surprise fur us. Here’s a little physics 101: NFC tags don’t work when they’re stuck onto metal walls. And just as a side note, it’s also a suboptimal environment for wireless networks. Basically we had similar problems as Superman has with lead (spot on comparison).

But we were at the SAP CEC Forum in Vienna to show Infinite Cart, so we had to find a solution. Time to improvise. We found these wooden thingies…

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…and tried to get a bit of distance between the tags and the wall. Not exactly pretty, but it worked… kind of… Luckily though, the booth as a whole looked absolutely fab!

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Like last time when we showed Infinite Cart, we ganged up again with the guys from Hybris Profile. It just makes so much sense to use our prototypes to promote actual SAP Hybris products (“to be” in this case) and demonstrate how ready the software already is for cool innovations.

But then all of a sudden the buggers started stealing our thunder!

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