In an age where smartphones are prized for compressing the functions of mobile phones, computers, mp3 players, GPS tracking devices, and calculators into one sleek gadget, multi-tasking is clearly the watchword. It’s no longer enough for an invention to serve a single purpose, and conversely, savvy shoppers are forever looking for ways to stretch the usefulness of their purchases.
ID lanyards are no different, especially when one considers the reason behind their current popularity. Students, government or company employees, and event organizers usually wear them to schools, offices, and specific occasions, respectively. Since security and perhaps even exclusivity are paramount in the said locations, having one’s ID out in the open is important for its bearer to have instant access. But because ID lanyards are now very much part of most uniforms, their manufacturers have begun to make different sorts of attachments to serve a multitude of purposes while wearers have come up with creative ways to maximize their use.
Apart from holding ID cards, badges, and other similar forms of identification, ID lanyards can also be used to:
• Prevent keys from being misplaced.
Key chains might be a more common option, but ID lanyards with special hooks for keys allow users to wear keys around their neck. This makes it harder to drop the keys while they are in use, and also makes it easier for those in a hurry to unlock doors or boxes since they wouldn’t have to fish the keys out of a bag or purse.
• Accessorize or personalize electronic gadgets.
Most smartphones or mp3 players are equipped with a tiny hole at the top that allow for a lanyard to be looped around it. Some lanyards that come with nifty little accessories like Swarovski crystals or colored beads are popular among gadget users who want to put a more personal touch on their belongings. A few companies have even come up with ID lanyards that also function as earphones.
• Serve as a safety strap for those operating heavy or dangerous machinery.
In some workplaces, ID lanyards worn by workers can be attached to the main switches of the machines that they operate so that in case they pass out and fall, the lanyards will pull on the switch and shut off the machine.
• Secure small instruments meant for self-defense.
For those walking the streets late at night, lanyards can be attached to tiny canisters of pepper spray or Swiss knives. This way, the user can wield them more readily if the need arises. The sight of such items around the neck of a pedestrian could also be a deterrent to those who mean to attack.
• Keep sunglasses or eyeglasses from getting lost
Lanyards can be temporarily looped around one’s spectacles so that they don’t fall off, especially at outdoor activities.
• Put identification tags on pets.
Lanyards can make great makeshift leashes for pets. An added bonus is owners can put their pet’s name and emergency information on the accompanying cards.
• Hold camping essentials in one place.
Lanyards made of heavy-duty or perhaps even waterproof material are ideal for this purpose. Roughing it out in the woods can be easier if certain tools like compasses, utility knives, or lighters were all attached to one lanyard, and thus more readily available.
Clearly, with a little ingenuity, coming up with multiple uses for even the simplest gadget isn’t too hard. Sometimes, the process ends up opening one’s eyes to a whole lot of other possibilities that they never would have considered otherwise. And in a world where plenty of unnecessary wastes abound, that sort of mindset is always a plus.