While at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference, I had an opportunity to walk through a day like a Yapper, and it’s an eye-opening experience. Launched in 2014, South Korea-based Yap is a location-based integrated online-to-offline (O2O) commerce and payments platform — and now, that means beacons. Calling it a “breakthrough innovation for the indolent people […]
Fitbit announced on Thursday that it has acquired Coin, a payment startup known for Coin 2.0, a digital device that holds all of your credit cards and works with most card readers. Surprisingly, the multi-card device is not part of the acquisition, instead Fitbit is focused on utilizing Coin’s wearable payment services. See Also: Wearables […]
Future L’Oréal products might not be conventional cosmetics, but wearable technology capable of sending information directly to a customer’s smartphone. We’ve already got a glimpse of the new age at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2016, where L’Oréal debuted its first e-skin product, a stretchable UV monitor. Named “My UV Patch,” it sends UV […]
Plastic cards, cash, and even smartphones could one day be replaced with a new type of payment method that is a bit harder to misplace: a tattoo-like sticker. MC10’s Wearable Interactive Stamp Platform (WiSP) is an ultra-thin sticker that resembles a tattoo. What makes it so extraordinary is that it contains near field communication (NFC) […]
Contactless payments from smartphones and wearables is still a small segment of the payments market, but might see a surge in usage over the next two years, according to Juniper Research. The research firm predicts the value of the smartphone and wearable contactless payments to rise from $35 billion to $95 billion in 2018. See […]
Hill Ferguson and Bill Ready divvy up consumers and merchants.
Meet Smart Lock and other security features.
Like your keycard, transit pass and more.
Pay by iPhone, at least at some merchants.
How (and why) Apple may save NFC.
The magnetic stripe is a dangerous, dead-end technology—but banks and merchants are keeping it alive, to our peril.
Make sure you have all your plastic credit and loyalty cards with you when you go shopping this holiday season.