Gizmos & Gadgets: Badges, Badges, We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges!

December 5, 2013 – Having retired and worked largely for myself before hanging up my consulting hat, I seldom had to worry about carrying an ID badge with me for work. But most companies of any size require them. But at the most badges have your picture and provide security access to your business front door and maybe a few restricted areas in the company.

But what if you could create a badge that not only displayed who you were but also gave you access to what inventory you had on shelves away from where you were, allowed you to answer customer questions on pricing, provided you with an updated task list, and let you communicate with colleagues instantly?

Enter the Motorola SB1 Smart Badge. It is small, light, durable and powerful. Its E Ink display can be read in any kind of light. It is a scanner, provides push-to-talk integrated microphone and speaker with an optional headset for greater privacy, is WiFi enabled, displays HTML thin client applications and comes with a suite of software tools and accessories, and has a built in accelerometer just like a tablet so that it can rotate the display based on the desired orientation.

The SB1 Smart Badge can be worn on a lanyard around your neck, clipped to a belt or tethered by a wristband just like regular ID badges. Starting at $495 U.S. the SB1 provides tiered volume discounts. Watch the video to learn more.

Motorola SB1 Smart Badge

Len Rosen lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a researcher and writer who has a fascination with science and technology. He is married with a daughter who works in radio, and a miniature red poodle who is his daily companion on walks of discovery. More...