Stamp Collecting

Jackie Micucci
Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 2:00 PM

You’ve hit some of the famous ones: the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Death Valley, and some of the lesser-known ones: Mesa Verde, Congaree, Kobuk Valley. And you’ve got the stamps in your passport to prove it. But what if the National Park Passport could be more than a booklet with stamps?

Passport image

Microsoft Tag could make the passport a truly interactive experience. Park goers would download the National Park Passport app that would include Microsoft’s SDK, which integrates Tag scanning into the application, before their visit. When visitors get to the park, they would scan a Tag that would include not only a digital stamp or badge unique to that park, but also information about the specific points of interest and other information to make their trip safe and enjoyable. The app could include an area for visitors to download pictures or videos, a journal to record their thoughts and even a comments section to discuss their visit or offer tips to fellow travelers.

Think of all the extra time the rangers who do the stamping would have. They could concentrate on more ranger-like duties… like making sure Yogi isn’t stealing any picnic baskets.

How else can Tag make traveling more interactive? Let us know with your comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.


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