Newsflash: Your next smartphone case can do more than simply protect your device from bumps and drops.
Called Findables, these smartphone cases also let you quickly share your contact info with people you meet, plus they can also help you retrieve your phone if it’s lost.
Here’s how it works:
On the back of the cases – available for iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III – there’s a QR code that can be scanned by a colleague’s device, so that your contact information is immediately imported into their Contacts. In fact, you can set up a personal and a business profile and easily switch between the two, just in case you want to share your email info and LinkedIn profile to associates, for instance, yet give out Facebook and Twitter info with new friends instead.
In other words, leave your business cards behind, as it’s more convenient (and fun) to share your contact info wirelessly – and it doesn’t matter what kind of smartphone or tablet the other person has, be it an iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows device (as long as it has a camera to scan the code on the back of the case, of course).
If you lose your phone, you can also use Findables’ lost and found service. In the event that happens, log on to your free account at the Findables website and offer a reward for your lost device. Those who find your case can scan the QR code and see what to do if found.
You can also download and use the free Findables app for iOS and Android, to scan QR codes and view and import someone else’s contact info. There is no cost to use the service.
As for the cases, they’re available in multiple colours and are made out of durable polycarbonate to protect the hardware. A two-piece fitted grip helps keep out dust, lint and dirt, and you’ve got easy access to docks, ports and buttons.
Findables cases range from $29.99 to $34.99.