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The new wearables: 'tattoo' payments

20 April 2016  |  16967 views  |  0 payment sticker

Forget cards, mobiles and even smartwatches. A healthcare technology startup is hoping that we will soon be attaching ultra-thin tattoo-like stickers that can make contactless payments to our bodies.

MC10’s Wearable Interactive Stamp Platform (WiSP) is a breathable, waterproof stamp that uses NFC technology to pair with smartphones and NFC readers. When removed it tears, making stored information unreadable.

The technology can be used in clinical environments to transmit important patient information but MC10 is hoping to move beyond the healthcare world.

L’Oréal has already tapped the technology to measure individual UV exposure and now MC10 has enlisted PCH to find brands in other arenas. The partners say that WiSP could enable cashless payments, as well as hotel room access, event registration and interactive experiences at amusement parks, sporting and music events.

Contactless payments stickers have been around for years, although they have been rather more clunky and designed for attachment to phones rather than people.

Scott Pomerantz, CEO, MC10, says: "PCH’s experience working with leading consumer brands, and their ability to commercialize the technology, will accelerate development of new applications within a variety of industries for skin-worn wearables."
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