Each individual card costs time and money to create, but Zap, an app developed by Gladmen Inc, aims to provide a solution to this. By requesting permission to link directly to the user’s Linkedin, Facebook or Twitter account, the app gains access to the individual’s contact information and creates virtual business cards.
Sharing a virtual card can be done via e-mail or text message, but the app also fully supports social messaging apps such as WhatsApp, and can even produce a QR code to allow others to scan your contact information onto their phones easily.
However, the best way to hand out your virtual card is by“zapping.” With a simple flicking motion on your screen, you can send your business card to another Zap user. the screen of your smartphone or tablet. That could soon be possible with T+ink’s Touchcode technology.
By using conductive ink, which it dubs “thinking ink,” the company has begun embedding this into packaging, labels and other objects. This can then be detected by smartphones by“touch.”
Unlike standard ink, conductive ink results in printed objects that conduct electricity. Touchcode is highly secure as each imprinted object has a unique ink pattern, likened to a fingerprint, making the technology extremely versatile.
By printing invisible codes onto business cards, the thinking ink could be read by mobile phones, meaning contacts and other relevant information can then be instantly saved into the device.
Others have looked into adapting this technology specifically for business card management, but since the technology is patented, an actual product is still pending.