In an invention made for the pandemic, a Clearwater entrepreneur has developed an app that can send a virtual business card across the room or around the world.
The app, called DrZoom, sends a vcard or other documents simply with a shake of a phone, said Cal Tiger, CEO of Virtualx Technologies.
Tiger has a provisional patent on the technology and has been testing it with the 15 members of the Virtualx team in Florida and overseas.
“We have been using this to set up Zoom meetings and that is how the name DrZoom came about,” Tiger said. “However, the DrZoom app can be valuable for sales representatives, startup CEOs and small business owners who may be busy doing other things, but need to get their contact information instantly to a customer prospect.”
The technology relies on two components in a smartphone – an accelerometer, which is activated when the phone moves, such as shaking it; and circuitry called MEMS, or microelectronic motion sensor.
“This technology has been in cell phones for a long time, but very few companies have taken advantage of the MEMS chip that’s embedded in smartphones,” Tiger said. “We have taken the accelerometer and exploited the feature pertaining to that. When you shake it, it starts a program that effectively sends a vcard.”
It also can be used to send a PDF, such as a resume or a pitch deck, a link to a website, or for a multitude of other uses, he said.
Virtualx has completed a minimum viable product for Android and is now working to develop an iOS version for Apple.
Initially, Tiger sees DrZoom as a freemium product, with people not paying for it until they have tested it for a month or so. After that, he expects to charge $5 a month in the United States and a little less overseas. He estimated there’s a $16 billion potential market in the U.S., India and Africa, the three markets he’s targeting.
Virtualx Technologies, previously called SiliconBeach Technologies, is developing a suite of virtual technologies for early adapters, especially startups and small businesses. Those kinds of companies don’t have the gatekeepers and regulatory concerns that larger firms have, he said.