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The next time you are zip lining in Costa Rica or dancing the night away in New York and you want to exchange business cards – but you don’t have one on you – show your wrist band with your personalized QR code and voila! your contact information is transferred to their smart-phone.
Mobile Business Card
The standard business card serves its purpose when it comes to meetings, but today’s high tech, mobile connected era is always looking for the next best thing. Much the way Bump helps smart-phone users exchange contact information, Skanz uses QR codes to capture and share users’ online presence.
The New York-based Skanz allows users to convey all their online details through a QR code. I went to the Skanz site and entered the contact and social networking information I wanted to share. A QR code was generated, allowing me to affix a decal to the back of my mobile phone or I could purchase a smartphone cover or wristband with my unique QR code on it. Either way, users may scan each other’s QR codes with a free accompanying app for instant access to relevant information.
Don’t expect your QR code reader to perform well with dark lighting or moving wristbands. We needed to move inside for better lighting to successfully scan the QR code on my bracelet. The wristband certainly served as an icebreaker for starting a conversation!
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Create your own QR code
Personal Skanzsite = free. Skanz bands $9.99 per band, available in a rainbow of colors. iPhone cases with your personal Skanz code on the back $19.99. Skanz decals for your school ID card, computer, iPad case, anywhere it sticks – $5.00 per decal.
Top photo courtesy of David Lytle. Skanz supplied me with this wristband for a travel gear review.