Lets say you are a business and you want to let everyone walking by your space know just how popular you are on Facebook. What would you do? You could spend a boatload of money on a realtime projection system and some fancy software to display each like that you get, or you could drop $390.00 on Fliike.
Developed by Smiirl, Fliike is the first physical realtime Facebook like counter. It is connected and designed for businesses to show off the growing number of likes they receive. The preorder cost is $390.00. Smiirl is working to get a limited edition of 500 numbered Fliikes ready for the first group of preorders. The cost doesn’t include shipping or tax, so you are probably looking spending closer to 450 bucks by the time its all said and done. It’s still cheaper than hiring a coder and building a projection system for your store front window though. According to the Smiirl website, the first batch of Fliikes will ship in November, just in time for Christmas.
For some time now I have been saying NFC will overtake things like QR codes as more Android handsets ship with built in NFC readers. Hopefully the next gen iPhone will have a built in NFC reader as well. When that happens, we will have reached the tipping point. Here is a great example of why I think NFC has a huge future with smart phone users.
“LikeBelt”, developed by Deeplocal, have created a prototype android app,that allows you to like physical, real objects. “Likes” are triggered by reading RFID chips embedded in real-world items which are read by NFC enabled Android phones. Those “Likes” show up on your favorite social network (who might I be talking about?). The LikeBelt terminology is a bit odd but if you can get past it, and the weird sexual thrusting, you can see the potential here.