Since late last year, Amnesia of Razorfish in Sydney have been the lucky owners of only the few Microsoft Surface computers in Australia and they’ve been busy. One of the latest demos they’ve developed is a business card scanning application that recognizes special markings on the cards and fetches the person’s social networking feeds.
Having to provide a $12k Surface computer to every recipient of your business cards is probably not the most economically sound solution to make your business cards stand out, but as for the cool geek factor, the only thing better would be a business card that’s printed on a real CPU chip or graphics card one can then plug into the PC. Suddenly AMD, Intel and NVIDIA employees would become very popular.
An interesting alternative use for this application might be another type of cards, game cards which come alive with animated characters and an interactive gameboard that takes games like miniature wargames or even monopoly to the next generation.
Speaking of which, some developers at the (apparently Surface-aplenty) parent company Razorfish also developed this cool physical interactive game for the Surface called “Table Toss”. I should point out the kid giggling is not part of the game.