Have you ever signed up for dating sites like eHarmony or OK Cupid just to find out that you’ve been matched up with your sibling or first cousin, or perhaps the neighborhood pedophile? Luckily, I’ve never had to resort to these sites, but my friends have and after returning from their blind dates, they always had very colorful stories to say the least. However, it turns out that RFID technology is going to solve this “mismatchmaking” problem. Here’s how.
It all started when an events company from the Netherlands called Wizard Studios Global Events designed a program so that when people have to attend networking events, the right types of people would be grouped together, through the use of RFID. It may sound like a magical solution, but it’s a little confusing, too. The way it works is that everyone wears a badge that is embedded with an RFID tag that stores all sorts of information or data about the person who is wearing it. It transmits that information as well as captures data from other people’s badges from over 15 feet away. Before someone attends a conference or any other networking event, they fill out a questionnaire that the organizer prepares asking anything from where they live to their profession, to what types of food they like or what products they like to buy. When that person gets to the networking event, they register their RFID badge that holds all that information, so that they could hook you up with the right people based on your answers from your questionnaire.
When you get to the conference or trade show, you wear this badge around your neck, and when you come within a few feet from a person who shares similar answers, both your badges light up in the same color (there are eight different colors to choose from), so that you know which person it is that you are trying to connect with.
This is brilliant, because at many trade shows or conferences there are thousands of people attending, and it is very hard to know who it is you want to network with. This makes things easier, more efficient, and you can get to the people you need to without having to make small talk and fake laugh at stupid jokes with hundreds of people you wouldn’t want to talk to otherwise.