Good things come in small packages for organizers of Huntsville meetings and conventions, thanks to technology created by a local entrepreneur.
Nick Hanson of Huntsville invented a portable rechargeable wireless gizmo the size of a deck of cards that can read small chips assigned to individual attendees.
The chips can be attached to custom-designed name badges or lapel pins Hanson also manufactures himself, and read by the unintrusive chip reader that quickly recognizes and “remembers” it.
Hanson, 28, a 2013 computer science graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, says the chips can track when attendees arrive, what vendors they visit, and even register them for meals or door prizes.
“Turns out, there are a lot of things event organizers need,” he says.
Through Entourage Events, Hanson hopes to be able to customize even more services as he perfects the technology.
He will soon be moving his business to the new Dorthy S. Davidson Invention to Innovation facility, a business incubator at UAH.