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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.

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