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Here, take my business card with built-in USB drive

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Katie Nelson

Are smart business cards the next big thing for passing out your details?

Are smart business cards the next big thing for passing out your details? Photo: swivelCard

This post was originally published on Mashable.

Young professionals who are fed up with LinkedIn, and who dislike the limitations imposed by traditional paper business cards, may find the best of both worlds in swivelCards.

Although these smart business cards are partly paper, the bottom third folds into a USB stick, which can be used to store your resume, web portfolio and other job-hunting items.

Currently, the cards come in eight different designs varying from utilitarian gray to colorful and expressive. The company has created a prototype and launched a Kickstarter campaign to add analytics capabilities to the cards. That will allow card owners to update information remotely — and keep tabs on how recipients are using it.

Once on the market, the cards will be sold in packs of 200 for $US319. A more expensive version of the card that allows you to transfer data to the card wirelessly using NFC (Near Field Communication) will cost $US379 for 200.

The campaign's goal was to raise $US10,000. As of this writing, it has reached over $US40,000 with 29 days left to go. The cards will begin shipping out to supporters in October 2014 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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