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Seeing is believing: PrivatBank eyes Google Glasses

17 April 2013  |  9869 views  |  1 google glasses

Ukraine's PrivatBank is set to launch a full suite of banking apps for hipsters donning Google's smart glasses.

The bank says customers wearing Google hi-tech specs will be able log into their accounts, make payments, conduct video calls with a personal banker and even open the door to their local branch using simple voice commands, glances and gestures.

Deputy head of the board of PrivatBank Aleksandr Vitiaz says that work on preparing the bank's apps for Google Glass began immediately after the Internet search giant first detailed its plans for the project.

This week Google began shipping Glasses to the first users outside the company - and released guides so developers can write software for it.

With the release of an API for developers, connecting the Google Glass with PrivatBank's services is in the home stretch, says Vitiaz.

"PrivatBank's infrastructure in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Latvia is 100% ready to receive the first customers wearing the Glasses," he says. "It is obvious that we will pioneer developing financial applications for the Google Glass worldwide because the main thing really is not the Glasses but the services set up to communicate with them."

Comments: (1)

Alexander Peschkoff - TEDIPAY - London | 17 April, 2013, 11:21

Will that make customer experience (and customer service!) any better? What's wrong with opening a branch door with a hand (and/or a card)?.. Is banking about "how" or "what"?..

But it's cool to see a bank from Ukraine to be one of the first to talk about GG integration. Kudos for that!

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