When we first saw a Bluetooth speaker paired with a computer via NFC, it was clear that this approach could save some configuration time, though, for the most part, felt like a bit of a cost-raising gimmick.
However, it's easy to forget that in a world with so many peripherals, it's not just some speakers here and there, there's a whole range of devices that could become NFC enabled and, it's taking those first steps, releasing those devices that will make such an ecosystem possible.
HP is one of those pioneers and, along with a bundle of new notebooks as of late, has also announced an NFC-enabled Bluetooth wireless mouse.
HP Wireless Mouse X6000 (NFC mouse not pictured)
The mouse will continue to function as any old Bluetooth mouse if the user has no NFC available, however, imagine being able to pick up a mouse, tap it to the base of an Ultrabook and have it paired, convenient right? Often notebooks are on the move, should an ecosystem of NFC-enabled devices build, you would potentially be able to pick-up a nearby mouse from any old desk and utilise it wirelessly with a single tap.
Let's not also forget that NFC adds the benefit of security. Whilst we don't give the matter much thought, there's a moment during Bluetooth pairing where keys are exchanged and this is a brief chance for hackers to gain the ability to snoop exchanged information from a safe distance.
Whilst NFC may be a feature omitted from cost-sensitive peripherals, it will, without a doubt, become a popular feature in Ultrabooks and tablets as the devices are both portable and can also benefit from secure-card transactions and key-fob usage. Certainly, it'll be a welcome and added benefit see peripherals make use of the extra functionality.
We don't have UK pricing yet, however, the Touch to Pair Mouse will retail in the US for $39 and is due this November.