Credit Card Has Touchpad, Three Year Battery Life

November 11 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets   Year: 2010   Rating: 5 Hot

Visa Europe is working hard for your money, and in doing so they have come up with a credit card capable of switching around your security code everytime you enter your PIN on its touchpad. “An alpha-numeric display and keypad is built directly into the card. When making a transaction online, customers type their PIN into the card, which creates a one-time security code.” Visa is working with four major banks, including Bank of America in the UK, to develop this card. Videos of how it works can be found here and here.

This is quite amazing. Having a touchpad on your credit card ensures that the code on the back of your card (that little number, usually three digits, on the back) could never be compromised without a thief knowing your PIN number. I wonder though if the numbers you press would look worn, making it easy for the thief to determine what you PIN is.

Although it’s kind of unnerving to think that your credit card has a battery life, the fact that it can run for three years could help boost confidence. You could possibly even charge it at your local bank every year on a simple flat tray. Of course, someone hacking into it within a few days is possible but by then hopefully you’d have canceled it. All we need now is a credit card that can take your fingerprint.

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[Video] Impress Touch Project Hints at Post-PC Era Interfaces

February 22 2009 / by Garry Golden
Category: Gadgets   Year: General   Rating: 4 Hot

During the next decade we are likely to see commercial products that will start to define the 'Post PC' Era of smart, networked objects that follow a new path of product development.  Users will interact with embedded devices beyond the keyboard and mouse.  We know that OLEDs offer a clear path to flexible, transparent display screens, but what about the combination of sensors and low power chips that make the 'screen' irrelevant for new applications.  If it is hard to imagine commercial Post PC applications for enterprise sectors, what about designs for education and entertainment markets based on visions like Impress project from Sillenet [via Vimeo]

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Interactive Mirror Touches on your Love of Fingerpainting

October 30 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets   Year: 2011   Rating: 1


Interactive Mirror from Alpay Kasal on Vimeo.

If there’s one thing guaranteed to to touch your child side but also appeal to your geek side, Interference Inc has done just that. This fully interactive mirror allows users to design, paint, and even read text on a touchscreen mirror. The most amazing thing is vast array of colors at the users fingertips — whites, blues, red, and an incredible neon green.

Don’t expect to see these in your home for another year or two (and only if you happen to have a wad of cash hanging around). It will be incredible to see these displays used in a more consumer sense as far as personal computing or even retail. The mirror allows for you to virtually try on different articles of clothing right there in the store. A unit at home will allow you to literally “surf” the web, the sensation being that you can push your way through the Internet with touches. When can I get one?