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Four Estonians have developed what has been called the world's smallest ID card reader, the +ID.

Wireless and incorporating a slot for a micro-SD memory card, the 29-euro device went on sale in their company's online store on Monday. It has previously received a plug in the form of a tweet from President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the country's tech-savvy president.

Designer Martin Lazarev, who has lived in Brazil for the last six years, came up with the idea for the +ID four years ago.

"It just came to me. While traveling, you don't want to carry a long cable with you and, being a designer, I just thought about it a little and found a solution that was as ergonomic and compact as possible," he told ETV. The plus-shaped device collapses into an even smaller bar about the width of a wallet-sized card. 

Three friends - Argo Männiste, Arte Ermeli and Argo Karusoo - provided support for the process, similarly from their respective locations in countries far from Estonia.

To avoid certain ethical and copyright protection issues, the group decided to have the +ID manufactured in Taiwan.

"We're producing in Taiwan because our first choice - [the People's Republic of] China - did not prove suitable. Unfortunately, they leaked the drawings," said Lazarev.

The product name and domain name,, is styled with the spelling used on the Estonian market. 

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