19 May 2007

Electronic Invention of the Week

The days of adhesive paper name tags may be numbered, if this company has its way. It's developed an electronic name tag that works like a low tech PDA, beaming and receiving information between two people in conversation.

It's marketed towards business meetings and professional conferences, but I can easily see the same technology being used for personal information exchange (that's marketing talk for "hooking up"). It's hardly a stretch to imagine watches or iPods using this technology to beam and receive information between people whose paths cross during the day. Later, a person can look and see if he/she passed anyone who might be compatible (likes the same movies or music, works across the street, just moved into town, etc.).

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