Updated: November 28, 2014 8:06:06 pm
Carrying too many visiting can literally be a pain. But what if you could make do with just one visiting card, even while going for a conference where every handshake is followed by a card exchanging ritual?
Yes, this is now a possibility thanks to a technology that is now becoming almost standard in smartphones, at least top-end ones. Printvenue.com has just launched its NFC (Near Field Communiation) visiting cards that allow people to pass on contact information without exchanging cards.
Printvenue.com sent one of their NFC visiting cards with my coordinates. The card is made of plastic and thicker than your regular visiting card. However, it will easily fit in your purse. The only issue is that it looks more like a loyalty card than a business card. The card has all your contact info printed on it too.
On the rear side of the card there is a QR code which can be used to pass on information to devices that don’t have NFC. For people who have NFC devices you just need to tap it on the back of the phone. I tried it on a friend’s BlackBerry Passport and it could not read anything. However, with a Sony Xperia Z2 it worked well. After the tap, the phone showed a message asking you to save the contact information on to your Google account. The same message pops up when you scan the QR code at the back.
The Printvenue.com page gives you multiple design options for the card, which is priced at Rs 399 per piece at the moment. This is a good option for people who have to hand out many business cards every week. The only issue here is that not everyone who wants your card will have a smartphone with NFC, or even one that reads QR codes. For them you might need to keep some old fashioned cards as backup.
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