Anyone who’s ever forgotten their purse or credit card and found themselves embarrassed at a check-out till, now have a new option. The Walletmor is an implantable wallet which uses NFC tech to let you pay for stuff with a wave of your arm. The developers boast that the implant is accepted worldwide and cannot be hacked. The implant is apparently ‘painless’ to insert in a 15 minute session and costs €199.
There are currently 50 certified locations in the EU where the procedure can be done and they include traditional hospitals, clinics and aesthetic medicine laboratories. There’s no battery involved, and the device only operates within very short distances of a payment terminal (which should minimize the risk of incorrect payments). Just don’t go around leaning on any contactless terminals by mistake, OK? Oh and the device will keep running for 8 years before needing to be replaced. We’re still trying to work out whether we’d really enjoy having that much permanent access to our credit card. It gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘impulse shopping’.
“The Walletmor payment implant is a small device, the size of a small safety pin and about half a millimeter thick, consisting of an integrated circuit and a metal sheath acting as an antenna, enclosed in a hermetic bio-housing.”