Greeting card with built-in LCD is cute, but not practical

Sending a paper card is like trying to get you to send snail mail to your pen pal in France. The time has come for boring old paper cards to be replaced with "TV in a Card" — a cardboard case with a 4.3-inch LCD for sharing videos with that special someone.

When the TV in a Card is opened, the embedded screen automatically starts playing. The idea is to bring back the surprise and heartfelt sentimental value that a paper card once brought to a person. Each card has a rechargeable lithium battery that lasts about 90 minutes and can play 30 minutes worth of video. Additionally, each paper card can be customized for a specific design or purpose. The TV in a Card can even be used as a digital brochure for selling wares.

This isn't the first time that a company's tried to bring a digital display to print. Entertainment Weekly added a similar screen to its magazine two years ago. Where is it now? Killed by the iPad and its digital magazines.

While receiving a video in the mail and experiencing that warm feeling when someone starts talking to you freakishly from within the card might seem nice, it feels like a very backwards way of communication given how easy it is to just hit someone up for a video chat or upload a video greeting to YouTube.

TV in a Card and Gizmag, via Geeky Gadgets

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