Poken is a new toy that attempts to bridge the gap between online and offline play. It’s a plastic creature, in the form of a panda or bumblebee or three-eyed monster, that transfers social networking information via ‘high-fives’ (and RFID). After making new friends face-to-face, kids can bust out their RFID-enabled keychains and instantly exchange their online identity details through a poken-to-poken high five. After the exchange, users then connect their toy to a computer via USB, where they can download the info onto poken’s database, which helps them manage and distribute the new data on the user’s social networking sites.

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