We've seen credit, debit, gift and ID cards in all shapes and colors, embedded with computer chips and sporting everything from holographic images and family photos to blinking LED lights and even audio speakers.
What could possibly top that?
To find out, the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) sponsors its annual Elan Awards, which recognizes the latest, most ingenious innovations in card design.
True to form, this year's winners combine breakthrough technologies with creative problem-solving to pack more features, functionality and fun into that slim, swipe-tastic scrap of plastic.
To critique this year's Elan winners, we've enlisted the expertise of judges Bill Crawford, technical director for Waytek/Klockner Pentaplast, and
David Tushie, CEO of Magellan Consulting, as well as ICMA veteran and past Elan judge Brad Paulson, owner of Thor Engineering.
Who knows? You may even have one of these winners in your wallet.
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