Just tap your shirt's cuff, share your LinkedIn profile

Just tap your shirt's cuff, share your LinkedIn profile

Just tap your shirt's cuff, share your LinkedIn profile

After your mobile phone and watch, now it is time for your shirt to become smart. A line of workwear smart shirts for men launched by Arrow earlier this month enables the wearer to share his LinkedIn profile, Facebook profile, business card and much more with a simple tap on the cuff.

A narrow inbuilt chip on the left cuff is the only indication that these shirts are anything out of the ordinary. The user has to download the Arrow application on a near field communication (NFC) enabled phone. He can add information of his social media profiles and contact details besides setting work and home modes with options to send automatic response. He can also set his phone to launch favourite applications like Whatsapp or Instagram and even connect bluetooth devices. Once the preferred settings are saved on the app, the phone can be tapped on the cuff to execute the functions.

You will never be short of business cards as all you need to do is tap the receiver’s phone on your cuff to share contact details and profile links.

The 100% cotton shirts are available in 11 colour variations and can be washed and ironed like ordinary shirts. If you’re concerned about the effects of having a device on your person, the chip is radiation-free and does not beep under metal detectors.

Sheeraz, a sales executive at one of the Arrow stores said, “A lot of people are coming in to see a demo of the shirt out of curiosity. There’s excitement among customers since it is a new concept.” The Indiranagar store has already sold over 13 shirts in a week’s time.

As of now the chip on the shirt can be used for nine functions, including playing your favourite song. A source from Arrow said that the team is working on adding more features to the application. Soon you can expect to be able to tap your cuff to pay for transportation, restaurants and more.

Though the shirt is only available for men at present, in the coming seasons the company plans to extend it to women’s wear, sportwear and casuals too.

Not all are impressed with the gadget, however. “In terms of functionality, there are better devices out there like smart rings which you can wear on either hand,” said Harshith Mallya, a tech writer. In his opinion, a detachable cuff with the chip on it would have been more useful. He added that the most popular use of NFC abroad is for online payment, which has not been enabled in India yet. “Without that, its uses will be limited.”
DH News Service

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