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Mobile viewer digitizes your stack of biz cards

The King Jim business card holder can store digital copies of all your business cards. Do not try this with playing cards.

King Jim business card holder
King Jim

If you've ever spent more than a few days in Japan on business, you'll have gone through more business cards than wooden sushi chopsticks. Japanese are endlessly exchanging cards, and it's easy to accumulate a mountain of contacts. This digitizer cuts the mountain down to size and puts it in a handy mobile device.

The King Jim Pitrec DNH10 digital business card holder is much more compact than card management tools that rely on scanners. It has a small pop-up camera that images a card after you stick it in a slot; it can shoot up to eight cards in a row. You can view stored cards on the 3.5-inch LCD screen.

King Jim

The 3-ounce, 5-inch-long device uses OCR software to digitize card contents, automatically detecting corporate and personal names.

An included 2GB microSD card can store 1,800 to 2,000 contacts, but a separate 16GB microSDHC card can store about 10,000. The info is searchable by date, name, and other variables.

King Jim, a Tokyo business product maker, plans to sell 30,000 Pitrecs annually. They go on sale in Japan next month for about $300 apiece.

It's probably a worthwhile investment if you're a busy salaryman, since paper cards, like disposable chopsticks, won't disappear from Japan anytime soon.

(Via Node)