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Exchange Lawyer and Client Info – The Information Ring

Information Ring

How often do you forget to give (or get) a business card from a new person you just met? Perhaps you remember the person’s name, but you cannot find their phone number anywhere. Did you just meet a great new lawyer contact at a bar association gathering? Perhaps you ran into a potential client. With a simple handshake, your information needs are solved.

The “Information Ring”, from designer Hideaki Matsui, solves the problem of exchanging information between two people. Simply wear the ring and shake hands. As MobileWhack explains:

When people first meet and shake hands, the rings on the fingers get close enough to operate and store the info as wearing parties, shake hands. The included card can display the information stored in the ring, and the intended power source is to be provided by the temperature of the wearer.

With your ring on, you can simply focus on meeting people and learning the things that are not on their business card. You will have the peace of mind that the information of everyone you meet is safely stored inside your ring, until you get back to the office and read it using your Information Ring card. While this is still in a concept stage, I would assume a final product would have the ability to download info to your computer.

The downside: privacy. I can already hear privacy advocates screaming their lungs out. I also share some of this sentiment. The problem with this idea, as I see it, is that you cannot control who gets your personal contact info and who does not. As long as you are wearing the ring, everyone whose ring gets close enough to yours will have your contact info. Perhaps you do not want everyone you shake hands with having your cell phone number or email address. Sure, you could take the ring off, but that kind-of defeats the “no thinking” aspect of the device.

What do you think? Please post a comment or drop me a line.

[tags]legal andrew, information ring, hideaki matsui, business card, lawyer, attorney[/tags]

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3 Responses to “Exchange Lawyer and Client Info – The Information Ring”

  1. jim
    October 7th, 2006

    Don’t put any information on that ring that you wouldn’t put on your business card and your privacy issues are solved. How often do you think a business card is discarded in the trash or dropped on the floor? Spoofing the ring, while likely to be technically trivial for those who understand the technology, would be a lot harder than stealing business cards and require a significantly higher level of sophistication. I’d imagine those folks would find it much easier to sniff wireless packets for more valuable information (at least I would).

  2. Andrew F
    October 8th, 2006

    Thanks for stopping by and posting a comment. I think your solution is right on point, and I can’t believe I didn’t think about this myself. You are absolutely right about business cards being trashed or dropped on the floor. With the Information Ring, at least only people you actually shake hands with would have your info.

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