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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    1. Seriously, though — Poken has also been around since at least 2008, when it apparently won the “Venture Leaders” Prize (whatever that is).

      Cuteness aside, I would much rather carry around some kind of RFID than a stack of business cards — even the trendiest wicked cool ones. But one big drawback right off the bat is that it doesn’t look like you can set up a Poken using a Linux computer, and I’ve a nasty suspicion that the Disney products would suffer from the same problem…

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