Barclaycard to trial contactless gloves

Barclaycard to trial contactless gloves

Barclaycard has taken an innovative approach to the wearable payments market with the trial of 'tap and pay' woollen gloves that allow people to pay contactlessly for their Christmas shopping.

Barclaycard has developed a small number of ‘pay-glove’ prototypes which are being trialled across some of the UK’s 300,000 contactless locations during the busy Christmas shopping period.

In a survey by Barclaycard, which quizzed 2000 people on their Christmas shopping behaviour, “gloves you could pay with” were voted the most popular wearable item consumers would like to see created, followed by rings in second place and bracelets in third.

The innovative knitwear is touchscreen-enabled and embedded with a bPay contactless chip that can be linked to a credit or debit card and used to pay for transactions of up to £20.

Mike Saunders, managing director of Digital Consumer Payments at Barclaycard says: “The ‘pay gloves’ we’re trialling are designed to let shoppers ‘tap, pay and go’ even when their hands are full of shopping. If the prototype is popular, these handy winter warmers could be bringing some festive cheer to bag-laden shoppers by Christmas 2015.”

Comments: (3)

Paul Love
Paul Love - Konsentus - Nottingham 16 December, 2014, 15:51Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

A round of applause for contactless gloves.

A brilliant idea for Christmas markets!

Abhishek Chatterjee
Abhishek Chatterjee - Gartner Inc. - London 16 December, 2014, 21:35Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

excellent.. wearable are here to stay.. try wrist bands.. or bangle .. whose are season proof.. 



Wim Lettens
Wim Lettens - FIS - Brussels 07 May, 2015, 13:12Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

@Abhishek Chatterjee: What if there would be all-season proof gloves?