Remember Google Wallet? Yeah, it was supposed to be the next big push in term of NFC payments, but that ship seems to have sailed. In fact, we never signed on to the whole pay with your smartphone idea. Sure, it worked in South Korea and other countries that probably hadn’t adopted the credit card with such devotion, but Americans are too far entrenched in the idea of a plastic card stuffed into their wallet to completely ditch it. So with some trepidation we present to you the Geode Digital Wallet.
So first things first: this is effectively, at least at first blush, an iPhone case. But wait, there is a bit more to the puzzle. In the back of the case is a slot that contains a single credit card that sports not only a magnetic strip, but a small e-ink based screen (more on that in a second). Working in tandem with an iPhone app, the Geode stores your credit card’s info and can instantly transfer any card of your choosing that is hosted in the app, to the one Geode card found in the back of the case. So say you wanna use your Mastercard. First, you’ll have to scan your fingerprint to verify your identity. Once that has been completed you simply choose the card you’d like to use and then presto, you can remove the Geode card from the back of the case and swipe as you would at any grocery checkout. For security’s sake, the card’s data will expire after a certain period of time, you know, in the event you happen to lose it.
Now, that e-ink screen. That’s designed for loyalty cards that use bar codes. Much like the credit card feature, you just add all your loyalty cards to the Geode system and when you’re ready to use it the e-ink screen will take on the same form (bar code) as your Ralphs, Star Market or CVS card.
Want one? The Geode is available now in a variety of colors for $199.