Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 15, 2014.
About this project
Backerjack - "It’s hard not to get ideas of how to use these tags to surprise friends and loved ones."
CoolPile - "TagTalk brings gift tagging to the 21st century."
Until now, you have been handwriting wishes on a paper card. We all love that warmness. But what if you can also integrate a personalized, full-of-fun, multimedia greeting?
TagTalk can make you a paper-based message that includes photos, voice and video. When paper meets technology, it's time to let go limitations and show your affection with a digital surprise!
NFC (Near Field Communication), is a new wireless technology found in many novel applications, such as touch-less credit cards, transit passes, and smart posters.
TagTalk is now adding an interactive "heart" to traditional medium of paper. Our creatively designed NFC- and QR code-enabled tags and cards combined the interactiveness of virtual greeting with the personal touch of hand-written product. Get ready for the best greeting experience!
Each TagTalk product contains an embedded "NTAG203" NFC chip, which is compatible with all NFC phones in the market. With a simple tap using an NFC-enabled smartphone, customers can store or retrieve the greeting message embedded in the chip.
For iPhone or other non-NFC smartphone users, a QR code and an 8-letter serial code will be found on the back, providing access to the same message.
Watch How Easy It Works!
Awesome music: "Go" by Josh Woodward - www.joshwoodward.com
Download our free app (in development) from App Store on iOS, Google Play on Android or BlackBerry World on BlackBerry 10.
Activate by 1) tapping the NFC chip, 2) scanning the QR code, or 3) looking up the serial code on the back of the tag.
Upload or generate pictures, audio and video to create a personalized interactive greeting.
Attach the product with flowers or gifts, or send out directly. As a security option, the sender can set a question for the product so that only the intended recipient can access the protected greeting.
Upon receiving the gift, the recipient can view the recorded message using the aforementioned three methods from any mobile devices, without download our app. A "Direct-reply" function will be provided to send a real-time notification back to the sender.
TagTalk's four packages of 12 unique NFC and QR code gift tags are very versatile and come in a variety of styles, colours and themes – they are wonderful companions for gifts and greetings for any occasion!
Back our campaign to preserve your one-and-only live greeting in a beautiful lasting token.
Kickstarter Exclusive Kirigami Tags
We will ship the tags in the following package as a pack of three.
Front (left) and back (right) outer looks:
Inside when opened up (with tags):
Bonus Sets: QR Code Products
Set I: 5 QR Code Greeting Cards - Little Animals
Size: 3 inch * 6 inch
Set II: 5 QR Code Postcards - Zola The Owl
Size: 4 inch * 6 inch
For $15 and $25 tiers backers, you can choose one bonus set of 5 QR code products - little animals greeting cards or "Zola the Owl" postcards.
For $35 and higher tiers backers, you will get both bonus sets, or get 2 packages of either set.
Fund Allocation and Current Status
The majority of the allocated fund will be used in the production cycle, in essence, to mass-produce the tags with qualified NFC and gift tag manufacturers. We will also use the fund to assist with accessing local markets, organizations, and networks, with a vision that one day, you will be able to purchase our tags directly from local retailers.
Our mobile app is currently in beta. The development of the backbone infrastructure as well as the iOS and Android apps will be completed by the time we ship our first tags to you. A consistent and elegant UI design will be used throughout both mobile platforms.
We are a small team of proud University of Waterloo alumni from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
- Peter Chen, our tech thinker, has 7+ years of experience as a mobile software developer and has a Master of Engineering degree.
- Rachel Huang, our creativity catalyst, is an avid arts and crafts enthusiast, with 4+ years of Business experience and has a Master of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology degree.
- Collin Zhang, our backend ninja, is our server-side technologist with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.
We have the right mix of technical and business expertise to complete this project. And we are passionate to share our creation with all Kickstarter backers!
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Support our campaign, and perfect your next gift or greeting with TagTalk!
Risks and challenges
TagTalk is a novel product that combines traditional gift tag with cutting-edge NFC technology. Therefore, we plan to work with the best-qualified manufacturers to mass-produce these amazing tags. That is our primary reason for reaching out to you and seeking your generous support to help us reach the minimum orders required to create a new process.
We currently have a set of targeted manufacturers; however, in the event that we have to find alternative chip or tag manufacturers, our shipping date may be delayed. If, by any chance, this occurs, all KS backers will receive regular updates with detailed explanations and proposed solutions.
Using best efforts, we will utilize materials that resemble the prototypes in our photos. However, depending on the availability of each material at the manufacturer, the final products may look slightly different in colour, shape, size and texture.
Our team consists of experienced mobile and web software developers; however, we are a small team with resource limitations. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we are confident that we can complete the technical development (i.e. apps) by our estimated shipping date, which will be August 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Traditional tags or cards only allow customers to put the greetings in plain text, while online greetings and e-cards are fun, yet not tangible and memorable. We want you to keep the personal touch by writing on each tag/card, and also been able to bring life to the content and really show the wonderfulness of a greeting/gift!
Our goal is to make greetings alive & collectible, and provide you an engaging and intimate in-person gifting experience.
1．Download the free iOS or Android TagTalk app from www.tagtalk.ca.
2. Open the app to activate the tag.
a) NFC phones: choose “Tap” and tap the tag with the back of the phone;
b) Non-NFC phones: choose “Scan” and scan the QR code on the back, or enter the 8-digit serial code below the QR code.
3. Create the greeting with the app and the tag will be ready to go!
For gift recipients, TagTalk works on any mobile device without our app:
a) NFC phones: tap the tag with the back of the phone;
b) Non-NFC phones: scan the QR code on the back, or visit www.tagtalk.ca in your mobile browser and enter the 8-digit serial code below the QR code.
In addition, you can choose to send a thank you message or read notification to the sender as an option.
NFC stands for “Near Field Communication”. We use this novel technology to enable short distance communication between cellphones and tags. It allows users to retrieve the stored message through a simple tap. Currently, the most recent Android and BlackBerry devices support NFC technology.
To make sure NFC is enabled on your Android devices (for Android 4.4):
Go to Settings – Wireless & Networks – NFC (Touch to enable)
On Android or iOS, there are many free QR code readers available. You can search QR Code Reader in the various app stores.
On BlackBerry 10, you can use the system built-in Smart Tags app to scan the QR code.
The sender can revise or rewrite the tag for multiple times before sending out. Each tag is linked to sender's account when activated and recorded, so only sender can modify or reuse the tag.
The recipients can not resend the tag, because we want to make each product a lasting carrier to reserve the sender's unique greeting, just like regular greeting tools.
After the campaign, yes!
Unfortunately, Kickstarter’s target is to help launching innovative products, rather than expanding on sales. Therefore, we cannot repeat the sale of the same item. Please choose our "Pledge Rewards" to get your crafted items. After this crowd funding campaign is completed, you can purchase multiple tags from www.tagtalk.ca.
Of course! We are actively working on new tag designs, which will be released here as "Add-ons" very soon. Only existing backers can purchase the add-on products. So please help us spread the word and stay tuned to our upcoming updates.
We offer free worldwide shipping for Kickstarter backers. The rewards will be shipped as regular mails. Though please expect a longer shipping time if you are outside of North America.
As soon as the pledged goal on Kickstarter has successfully completed, we will ramp up the manufacturing of tags with qualified suppliers and manufactures. Meanwhile, our tech team will focus on developing apps for different mobile platforms, as well as the backend database system. We expect to ship our finished products by the end of August 2014.
- (45 days)