Smart Meetings has covered the latest in Radio Frequency ID (RFID) in the past, but we're delighted to note that Version 2 of the nTAG interactive name badge was released two weeks ago, holding true to form. Following the successful circulation of the chunkier original some 45,000 times since the company's founding less than three-and-a-half years ago, the new, sleeker model incorporates more features into smaller space. As before, the nTAG system is rented for a meeting or event. The pricing (around $100 ea) includes consultation, planning, customizing, on-site implementation and post-event reporting. There's a packet of security systems in place to protect the information, plus your attendees get to have fun, assuming they're there to meet each other.
First of all, there's the higher-res color screen, which means that your photo (the one you had taken at registration) looks better than, say, the one on your driver's license. The gizmo can deliver real-time session updates (i.e., Your 2 p.m. session has moved to a bigger/smaller room due to unexpected response); collect survey responses in-session (24% of association meeting planners in the room would pick Las Vegas in the upcoming year); and, what's really intriguing, it can do a little matchmaking. It can put you into contact with likeminded souls (based on your provided preferences) and even vibrate as they're getting close by. How can you tell who they are? You'll see their photo on your screen. Nifty. Now we're wondering how soon they're coming out with one of these for singles mixers; I'd invest.