Poken attempts to bridge the gap between virtual friends and that other kind.

Users who want to connect online can whip out their poken keyrings and ‘high five’ them. Details are transferred between the RFID chips, ready to be uploaded to a user’s profile when the poken is plugged into a USB port.

If these 1st-gen keyrings are too cutesy for you the company has just released the more traditional-looking PULSE.

In case you’re wondering, the company behind this idea is actually not Japanese, but Swiss — although Poken has just been launched in Japan (that’s how I found out about it).

And wouldn’t you know it, some savvy folks in Vancouver have opened an online shop for Canadians, though $34.95 CAD for a Poken PULSE ain’t exactly cheap…

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3 Responses to Poken attempts to bridge the gap between virtual friends and that other kind.

  1. ECA says:

    This concept has been around for a while, though. My editor wrote about Techno Source implementing this type of technology in our April 2008 issue (see “Disney Fairies clickables ushers in web toys 2.0” toward the bottom): http://www.kidscreen.com/articles/magazine/20080401/fairies.html?page=3.

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