Dave Birch, on his
Digital Money blog, has found what may well be the fintech geek's ultimate fantasy - a payments terminal in the shape of a life-sized android.
Developed in Japan (of course) by NEC, the robot lets you make payments by selecting the appropriate e-money icon on the touch screen panel embedded in his torso before swiping your NFC-enabled mobile phone across his hand.
According to the
Pink Tentacle blog, NEC is hawking the fella around to theme parks- he even has cameras for face recognition, which could be used to recommend rides based on the person's age and gender.