Earlier this month, a start-up company by the name of Flomio went to Kickstarter to see if they could scrounge up some funding for an NFC dongle for iOS devices. It's a novel idea, and it seems others agree as well, because the company has announced that they've reached their funding goal for what they call the FloJack.
Flomio set a goal of $80,000, and they actually passed it with 423 backers donating a total of $83,637 so far, with just 11 hours to go at the time of this writing. Flomio notes that these last 11 hours will be the last chance to buy a FloJack at a discount price before they eventually charge full price for the dongle. You can get one now for as little as $49.
During the Kickstarter campaign, the company unveiled what they call the FloCase. Thanks to a ton of reader feedback and suggestions, Flomio has now made an iPhone case that has an NFC reader embedded inside. This might be a better option for some users who don't want to deal with a dongle that might get lost easily, but the case certainly doesn't win any awards in the design department.
Flomio's Tim Ronan says that “this is only the beginning" for Flomio. The company will continue to "deliver products that will prompt the NFC ecosystem." Both the FloJack and FloCase are scheduled to ship sometime in March. You can get a FloCase now for $99, but just like the FloJack, the company will initiate full prices after the Kickstarter campaign is over. It's yet to be known what these full prices will be.