What is a Poken? In short, it is a digital name card. A small device that you plug in to the USB hub in your computer to retrieve the ‘name cards’ that you collected from other people with Pokens. But first you would need to register/ set-up an account at the Poken website, then edit your name card with information that you want revealed to other people when you Poken with them, e.g. your name, e-mail address(es), contact number(s), assorted website and blog addresses, Facebook username, Twitter account, MSN/ Google/ Skype ID and so on. You can choose to enter as much or as little information as you want. When you see another person with a Poken, you can choose to Poken with him or her. This means placing your Pokens to face each other (where the big palm is at) to exchange information. Something like a Touch ‘N Go thing. If the palm has a green light, it means that your information has been successfully exchanged. If it goes red, it means you’ll have to try again.
If it was successful, this is what the other person would see when they go home and download the information to their computer:
As you can see, I chose to share my Twitter, Flickr and MSN ID. At this moment they do not have input for Yahoo IDs, I don’t know why.
Anyway that’s enough information on Poken. Last Saturday, I went to a Poken Up gathering at Chawan@Bangsar, organised by Niki Cheong. I’d bought a Poken from David Lian but I didn’t have the chance to Poken with anyone :( Kim was supposed to devirginise my Poken but it never happened. So Niki did it instead.
I’d asked Horng to come along since he has a Poken as well. Met familiar and new faces there — Carolyn, Erna, Tekong, Ling Chan, icednyior among others. Basically tokkok a lot, admired Carolyn’s bling bling Poken and made remarks about Erna’s brooch substitute :P
Had to dash off after a while for lunch. Thanks Niki for organising, looking forward to more Poken Ups in the future!
More reading and links:
- Poken FAQ
- Poken Asia
- Yoon Kit took apart his Poken to see what it’s about