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I am looking for a wireless solution that comes with a limited range (for pairing) of 10 inches

From what I understand:

NFC: 4 inches
Bluetooth: 30 feet

Can I lower the BT's power consumption to meet my exact needs of 10 inches? Does another solution exist?

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I am looking for a wireless solution that comes with a limited range (for pairing) of 10 inches

From what I understand:

NFC: 4 inches
Bluetooth: 30 feet

Can I lower the BT's power consumption to meet my exact needs of 10 inches? Does another solution exist?

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BT has low power modes, even for active paired connections. I suppose it depends on the hardware you intend to use and whether it supports those modes?
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BT has low power modes, even for active paired connections. I suppose it depends on the hardware you intend to use and whether it supports those modes?

So is it a predefined power mode that can only be lowered to X watts? Or can I lower the power consumption to meet my exact needs of no more than 10 inches?
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The BT protocol negotiates based on signal level what the power is, you don't have to do anything.
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The BT protocol negotiates based on signal level what the power is, you don't have to do anything.

I am planning to achieve the pairing with no user input, once the 2 BT's are within a range of 0-10 inches. If other discoverable BT's (let's say my phone) are within the BT's approximate range of 30 feet, how will I know who, or what I am pairing to until it's already been paired?

This is why I want to limit it's range to 10 inches, to eliminate accidental pairing (since no user input for pairing will be required).
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how will I know who, or what I am pairing to until it's already been paired?
Normally the device asks the user for permission.
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how will I know who, or what I am pairing to until it's already been paired?
Normally the device asks the user for permission.

As long as the device/s are set Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) to Just works, user permission will not be required. I want to achieve seamless pairing similar to NFC+WIFI on the Galaxy S3, but since NFC is limited to a few centimeters, I am hoping BT will help me solve this problem. Can the BT's range be limited to my exact needs?

*BT Paring Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth
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Can the BT's range be limited to my exact needs?
No I would not think so. Radio is not that precise.
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Can the BT's range be limited to my exact needs?
No I would not think so. Radio is not that precise.

Got it. I went ahead and ordered 2 Uno kits. Next will be 2 NFC shields and 2 Wifi Modules to to get this off the ground. I'll keep researching on tech to meet my needs. Maybe NFC wil do the trick, supposedly it's range can be up to 20cm (theoretically)
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If you want such a short range, why use RF.  At only 10" you could use ultrasonics.  Operating at a base modulation frequency of 40KHz or so I'm sure you could get a decent data rate and no interference from RF gizmos.

Certainly discrimination from other users might be a problem, but how many people or devices do you know who might be within a few feet of your application.
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