I saw an article about this Handshake product. I thought it was an interesting concept…
Though, I thought about the idea of having such a product: It really takes quite a while for people to adopt it. There are quite a lot of reasons really:
- People are sceptical about stolen identity as it is, much less, having someone have your information at the first handshake (granted, only basic information is given out through the ring)
- Having a technology such as this, requires its adoption by quite a large number of people to be worth it. Some products can be adopted even among a circle of friends, like the Paypal mobile system, but this one, at its essence, is geared towards people who don't know each other, so the user-base has now grown immensely larger.
- The majority of people have issues with using basic technology (yeah, even in our days, I see it everyday in my field of work), much less giving them a state of the art ring to exchange information. People are just starting to get used to putting information in PDAs and cell phones
I think I can rant on quite a while about this. Of course, being an early adopter of technologies, I find the idea extremely cool, just thought of playing devil's advocate on this one… .
Has anyone seen this before? what your thoughts?