Using a proprietary version of multi-peer Bluetooth, the Loopd iOs application allows users to search and connect with contacts within a few feet without using a GPS. As the example described in the video (see above), you can see who you know at a party and start a chat session on the spot, to find in which room your contact is. This could be very useful during large tech conferences, such as CES or MWC where unplanned meetings based on “real-time proximity” would be more efficient than scheduling meetings far away apart.
Loopd is launching the IOS app today and plans to unveil its wearable tech component in June. From my email conversation with CEO Brian Friedman, I learned that the upcoming loopd bracelet will use gesture to let people exchange their contact info with a simple handshake. I cannot wait to see and try this cool gadget!
According to the company, you can input a new contact close by in Loopd with the discover function, and there is an invite function for new people that do not have the app, that allows to send them an email with a link to download the app.
The application have integration with Evernote, LinkedIn and an option for downloading a CSV which can be imported into any CRM system such as SalesForce and SugarCRM. Brian friedman tod me that the next version will integrate directly with Salesforce.
Loopd is similar to mobile application Unsocial, however I do not know if Unsocial uses multi peer Bluetooth instead of GPS and cell towers to locate the users.