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CaixaBank invests in contactless ATMs

August 28th, 2014

Spain’s CaixaBank has signed a €500million agreement with Fujitsu for the delivery of a new network of 8,500 ATMs equipped with contactless readers “capable of scanning cards, mobile phones and wearables”. The ATMs also feature dual screens, “one to handle transactions and the other to provide operational and sales support, thus providing a much more pleasant user experience with the terminal”.

Xiaomi unveils $13 smart band

July 28th, 2014

Chinese mobile device maker Xiaomi has launched the Mi Band, a CNY79 (US$13) wristband that features sensors for health and fitness tracking and can be used to unlock the wearer’s Xiaomi smartphone via BLE.  “Future plans for the Mi Band include making it into a personal ID — so it can unlock your door when you come home, or switch on smart appliances and gadgets,” The Next Web reports.

Apple and Swatch team on iWatch?

July 25th, 2014

Apple is working with a number of partners, including Swatch, to release a line of smartwatches in a variety of branded styles and price points, VentureBeat reports.

Visa to launch new payments service in September, Apple could be the first customer

July 24th, 2014

Visa has unveiled a suite of services designed to “facilitate secure payments across a broad range of internet-connected devices and wearables”. The announcement of the new Visa Digital Solutions service comes amid reports that Apple… More

Wallaby launches Gear 2 app

July 18th, 2014

Card management app Wallaby, which helps holders of multiple credit cards view their balances and decide which is the best to use for any given transaction, is now available for use on Samsung Gear 2 smartwatches. Wallaby already offers apps for Google Glass and the Pebble smartwatch.

Smartwatch with iris recognition and NFC seeks funding

July 8th, 2014

Crowdfunding is being sought for an NFC-enabled smartwatch that features iris recognition technology, letting wearers identify themselves and unlock services using their unique biometric data. The iris pattern capture and verification process takes less than two seconds,… More

CaixaBank launches payments wristband that can be used at any Visa merchant

July 3rd, 2014

CaixaBank has become the first in Europe to launch a Visa-branded wristband that allows users to make contactless payments at locations equipped with a contactless POS terminal. This summer, the Spanish bank will distribute 15,000 wristbands… More

JCB to launch NFC payments in 2015

July 1st, 2014

Japan-based payments network JCB is to begin testing a contactless payments service in Tokyo this month, ahead of a commercial rollout in 2015. “In addition to plastic cards, J/Speedy can be issued for a wide… More

5.5bn people to use biometric security by 2019

June 24th, 2014

There will be 5.5 billion users of mobile and wearable biometric technology around the world by 2019, according to a new report from Goode Intelligence. “We believe that smartphones and tablets will be the first… More

Uband takes wearables to university

June 19th, 2014

IdentiCard has introduced a silicone wristband containing a Mifare contactless chip that can be used to replace traditional student access cards on campus. Uband can be used “for dormitory or classroom access, payment at campus dining locations, printer authorization in campus libraries and more,” the company says.

Tap2Tag launches NFC medical alert devices

June 19th, 2014

UK-based startup Tap2Tag has introduced a range of NFC wristbands, key fobs, cards and stickers that can be used to instantly retrieve a person’s medical history and associated information in an emergency. Users upload the… More

New guide explains how to connect BLE and NFC devices

June 17th, 2014

The NFC Forum and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) have updated their “Bluetooth secure simple pairing using NFC” developer guide. The new edition includes information on how NFC can be used to let consumers… More

Barclaycard to introduce contactless payment wristbands

June 11th, 2014

Barclaycard is to make contactless payment wristbands available to anyone with a UK bank account or credit card next year. The reloadable bPay Bands will be offered free of charge with no usage fees and… More

Charity raises funds via NFC wristbands

June 11th, 2014

Special care baby charity Bliss is using NFC wristbands to make it easier for supporters to generate donations from people they meet. When a potential donor taps a band worn by a supporter with an… More

iWatch to sell at US$300?

June 10th, 2014

Apple will sell 21million units of its much anticipated iWatch in fiscal year 2015, at a cost of US$300 per unit, according to a research note by UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, AppleInsider reports. Sales will then ramp up to 36m the following year, he predicts.

Alfa-Bank uses activity trackers to offer higher interest rates to customers who exercise

May 30th, 2014

Russia’s Alfa-Bank has introduced a new savings account linked to an activity tracker, which rewards customers who exercise more with a higher interest rate. Developed in partnership with Moscow-based 42 Agency, the new Activity savings account… More

Adafruit publishes NFC wearables DIY guide

May 19th, 2014

Electronics hobby supplier Adafruit Industries has posted a DIY guide to creating wearable NFC devices that can be used to unlock an Android phone. “This guide covers creating an NFC ring, putting an NFC tag in your nail polish, modding your Android installation to read tags from the lockscreen, and creating an automation tool chain to unlock the phone when the desired tag is scanned,” Adafruit says.

OpenTable adds Glass bookings

May 16th, 2014

Restaurant booking service OpenTable has introduced a Google Glass version of its app. Wearers of the smart glasses can discover local restaurants and book a table by saying “Make a reservation” plus the name of the restaurant they wish to book or “nearby” to discover local options. They then tap to make their reservation at the venue of their choice.

OMsignal launches biometric clothing that tracks the wearer’s health and fitness with BLE

May 12th, 2014

A Canadian startup has introduced a range of smart sports shirts that monitor the wearer’s heart rate, breathing and movement and then use Bluetooth LE to send the collected data to their smartphone for real time analysis. More

Google Glass to add payments?

May 7th, 2014

Google Glass wearers will soon be able to make payments from their Google Wallet account, by simply saying “send money”, Techcrunch reports. “The company is testing this service internally right now, but chances are it will launch to all Glass users in the near future.”

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