Turn your favorite T-shirt into a walking business card with a new mobile app by French company Capturio. The free online service allows you to link any T-shirt of your choice with your contact info. The next time someone wants your digits, say at a party or business conference, all they have to do is snap your picture with their smartphone and text it to Capturio. Et voila, your 411 in an instant. Easy, non?
Capturio’s premise is simple: Your favorite tee becomes your personal identifier by serving as a Quick Response (QR) code—no crazy Rorschach-like images required. Simply text Capturio a photo of your garment, along with your e-mail address and phone number, to be stored in a database. Likewise, interested parties only have to send your picture firstname.lastname@example.org to trigger an automated response.
Using image-recognition software, Capturio serves up contact details without the need for dead-tree business cards.
The app is cross-platform, meaning it plays well with iPhones, BlackBerries, and Androids alike. Using image-recognition software, plus fast-acting algorithms the company has worked on for years, Capturio serves up contact details without the need for dead-tree business cards or laborious note-taking. Soon, the company plans to roll out Web-based profiles for easy editing, integrate social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, and associate more than one T-shirt per profile.
Capturio is more suited to companies and individuals looking to promote themselves, rather than folks who are hoping to make a love connection or two. On the off-chance you experience l’amore at first sight from across the bar? If they’re enrolled with Capturio, you can get their number without resorting to a single cheesy pickup line.