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Samsung’s NFC smart suit to hit IFA 2015 catwalk

September 3rd, 2015

Samsung’s fashion division is to showcase a smart suit equipped with an NFC chip in its sleeve at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The item from Samsung C&T Fashion Group will be one of four on show over the next week as the company unveils its platform brand for wearables which aims to integrate fashion design and technology. More

Engineers trial wireless communication via human body

September 3rd, 2015

Electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated a new wireless communication technique that works by sending magnetic signals through the human body. More

Lyle & Scott creates contactless payment jacket with bPay

September 2nd, 2015

Scottish knitwear brand Lyle & Scott has begun selling a contactless jacket that comes equipped with Barclaycard bPay technology to enable the wearer to make payments with a tap of the cuff at any contactless… More

Singapore commuters trial wristband payments

September 1st, 2015

Commuters in Singapore are testing a contactless wristband to pay for public transport services and for goods at retailers equipped with contactless readers. The trial, involving 200 customers using a Sony SG50 SmartBand, is being conducted… More

Sony unveils Wena Wrist with NFC payments

September 1st, 2015

Sony is crowdfunding a new smartwatch called Wena Wrist that is equipped with NFC payments compatible with the Japanese Felica standard. If the campaign is successful, two different models of the smartwatch will be available in both silver and black.

Samsung unveils Gear S2 with NFC

September 1st, 2015

Samsung has unveiled the Samsung Gear S2, its latest smartwatch which includes NFC for payments. “Samsung is working to expand the usability of wearables,” the company says, “including smart car keys, residential room keys and remote controls to manage a connected home.” The Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic will be showcased at Tempodrum, Berlin this week.

Half of Brits expect to replace cash with new technologies

August 28th, 2015

More than a quarter of UK consumers (27%) think they will be making payments using wearable devices including watches and wristbands within 10 years, 22% think they will be regularly using their fingerprint to make… More

Google invites for Project Soli tests

August 27th, 2015

Google is notifying developers of an impending Project Soli Alpha DevKit and is asking those notified to fill out an application for the chance to receive one, Android Police reports. “Google notes the DevKits are very limited, stating there are only ‘a few dozen’ to go around,” it says. Project Soli was unveiled at I/O in June and will work to bring hand-gesture technology to wearables.

620m biometric app downloads by 2020

August 26th, 2015

More than 620m mobile banking apps that support biometrics for customer authentication and transaction verification will be downloaded by 2020, research from Goode Intelligence predicts. “Additionally, almost 160m wearable devices will be benefiting from seamless biometric authentication for accessing banking services on a variety of wearables, including smartwatches and bands,” the company says.

TD Bank to pilot NFC payments with Nymi biometric wristband

August 13th, 2015

More than 100 TD Bank customers in Toronto, Canada are to begin piloting an NFC version of Nymi, a biometrically authenticated wristband that uses the wearer’s unique cardiac rhythm to verify their identity. RBC Royal… More

RapidNFC provides NFC wristbands for payments at Vieilles Charrues music festival

August 6th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Visitors to France’s largest music festival Vieilles Charrues had the opportunity to pay for refreshments during the event using an NFC payment system developed by ticketing solutions provider Weezevent that incorporated NFC wristbands supplied by RapidNFC. More

DigiSEq gets MasterCard approval to provision payments to mass market wearables

August 4th, 2015

MasterCard has approved a solution that enables payment credentials to be provisioned to wearable devices with a secure element and NFC antenna. The move could give consumers the option of buying any wearable from a… More

New Google Glass ‘released soon’

July 31st, 2015

A second version of Google Glass is in the works and will be “released soon”, according to the CEO of Italian eyewear maker Luxottica. “The partnership to build Glass is going ahead, said Massimo Vian, speaking at the company’s general meeting in Milan,” WSJ reports. Google stopped selling the first version of Glass and shut its Explorer program earlier this year.

Wearable payments to reach $501bn by 2020

July 27th, 2015

Payments made using wearable devices such as smart watches, fitness trackers and wristbands will grow from US$3.1bn in 2015 to $501.1bn worldwide by 2020, research from market intelligence firm Tractica finds. “By that time, wearable payments will represent approximately 20% of the total mobile proximity transaction volume and about 1% of total cashless transactions in retail,” the firm adds.

Alfa-Bank customers get contactless watches to make payments

July 10th, 2015

Customers of Russia’s Alfa-Bank can now use a contactless-enabled watch designed and supplied by Austrian company Watch2Pay to make payments with a tap of their wrist wherever MasterCard PayPass is accepted. “AlfaPay wristwatch is a… More

Gemalto pilots contactless wristbands for transport in China

July 9th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Digital security company Gemalto is supplying wristbands carrying an embedded Optelio Contactless Minitag and a fitness tracker across the transportation network in Wuhan — one of the most populous cities in central China —  to… More

Henry Holland to weave NFC and BLE into clothes for London Fashion Week

July 9th, 2015

British fashion designer Henry Holland is to integrate NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technologies into clothing designs as part of his spring/summer 2016 collection that will feature on stage during London Fashion Week in… More

Singapore to trial contactless payments for transport

July 8th, 2015

Singapore’s Ministry of Transport and Land Transport Authority (LTA) will trial contactless payments using devices including wristbands later this year. “The LTA is also studying the feasibility of a Be-In-Be-Out system, where a commuter does not need to tap their smart cards in and out to register the trip; instead, the technology will be able to detect and register commuters so long as they have their fare card on them,” Today Online reports.

Barclaycard offers 50% off bPay wearables

July 7th, 2015

Barclaycard is offering 50% off its second generation bPay contactless wearables during July via an online code that can be redeemed from its website. The devices were unveiled at the end of June 2015 and include a wristband, keyfob and sticker. The offer comes as reports emerge that Apple Pay is set to launch in the UK on July 14.

Europeans make more than 1bn Visa contactless transactions in 12 months

July 6th, 2015

More than one billion contactless transactions worth in excess of €12.6bn have been made by Visa cardholders across Europe in the past 12 months, research from Visa Europe has found, with its customers spending €1.6bn… More

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