I love unique and unusual business cards. I've seen everything from steel cards to cards made from bacon. Just when I think I have seen them all, a dot-matrix business card pops on my radar. Tom Ward has created a scrollable, electronic business card. It's a dot-matrix scroller with buttons that share the different information stored inside the card’s flash memory. It's certainly unique and unusual, but may not suit every situation.
Tom's product page on Instructables explains...
The design is really quite simple for what it does - a matrix of 5x15 LEDs, connected to a single-chip "PIC" microcontroller. A handful of resistors and switches complete the design. By keeping the microcontroller in sleep mode unless the buttons are pressed, the battery can last several years, and still allow a couple of thousand displays of your messages.
Personally, I am a big fan of the traditional business card. We will certainly see more use of virtual cards and other types in the future, but I would bet we will never see paper cards disappear.
I encourage recipients of my business card to write where we met, what we talked about, and how we should follow up, directly on the card. I recommend Overnight Prints (affiliate) to order your cards from, they are who I use and there is a 50% off sale right now.
How about you? What's the craziest or coolest business card you've seen?