Meloncard: A way to exchange business cards in the future

by Mark R

meloncard_01-thumb-550x322-27203A designer named Alan Sien Wei Hshieh has developed a new way of exchanging business cards that does not involve any paper. His MelonCard, which is just a concept at this point, is an idea ahead of its time whose time has come.

After all, don’t you think it’s odd in this digital age that we still exchange these little paper rectangles every time we want to do business with someone?

In the age of the MelonCard, everyone would have one of these devices that you see here. This card-size piece of scratch resistant glass would be attached to a thin plastic strip that would have its own flash memory, Bluetooth, and power supply.

If two businesspeople want to exchange information, then they would simply slap two Meloncards together like a high-five. Apparently, two accelerometers onboard automatically exchange digital info, so you can contact your contact later.

I love the idea of the MelonCard, but my source believes that if this theoretical device used Bluetooth, it would eat up a lot of power. In other words, you couldn’t use it for too long without recharging, and the usage time is too short, what is the point? Perhaps we need some sort of universal cellular phone app that can do the same as the Meloncard.

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PGonza02 Says: October 28, 2009 at 2:50 pm

This can be done today by most mobile phones that support the Bluetooth Object Push Profile (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth_profile#Object_Push_Profile_.28OPP.29)

Nice packaging but a redundant device if one has a mobile phone.

dishbreak Says: October 28, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I think you’re missing the point. He’s talking about the feasibility of such a device. The reason why we still exchange paper cards is because paper is universal. It’s why we still have books, too. When things go digital, protocols, filetypes, and form factors make things segmented.

What might make more sense is to have a better system to exchange contacts wirelessly between cell-phones. We have formats like vCard, and we have bluetooth. What’s the problem? We need an industry standard. I don’t know much, but I doubt the MelonCard would become a standard.

Also, if cloud-syncing gets pervasive enough, this could be handled in the cloud.

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