WaveShades and pay - the latest in contactless wearables

WaveShades and pay - the latest in contactless wearables

Music lovers too wired to reach for their wallets at upcoming Laneway Festival events in five Australian cities will be able to make payments by simply tapping their sunglasses at the checkout.

The prototype shades being trialed by Visa can make contactless payments thanks to a secure payment chip, supplied by local startup Inamo, in the arm of the accessory.



The WaveShades utilise the same payments platform previously developed for the Inamo Curl, which was launched in December 2016 by local surfer dude Peter Colbert. The Curl is a multi-functional, waterproof wearable that can be attached to most watch bands and fitness bands.

At Laneways, Oberthur Technology is ensuring the integrity of payments for the contactless sunnies, while Heritage Bank acts as the Authorised Deposit-taking Institution (ADI).

Frederique Covington, SVP of marketing for Asia Pacific at Visa says: "The financial services environment is evolving at an unprecedented pace, which is exemplified by consumers’ changing relationship with payments. The Visa WaveShades pilot is all about showing Australians that innovation in how we pay can make their lives simpler and everyday experiences seamless and rewarding.”

Comments: (7)

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 01 February, 2017, 12:221 like 1 like

They haven't been to the likes of Glastonbury... Where even wristbands get lost (or "lost").

Mark Anderson
Mark Anderson - BioTechnologies - Sydney 01 February, 2017, 12:39Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Just outright DUMB !

Peter Colbert
Peter Colbert - Inamo - Sydney 01 February, 2017, 15:52Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes Been to Glastonbury.. can remember bits! The pilot is a bit of fun but reaction from punters was surprisingly positive for that reason.
Ben Davies
Ben Davies - Cubic Transportation Systems - Sydney 01 February, 2017, 23:331 like 1 like

I have never lost a payment card.

I have, however, lost every single pair of sunglasses I have ever owned.

Peter Colbert
Peter Colbert - Inamo - Sydney 01 February, 2017, 23:391 like 1 like

Guys, it's a bit of fun and as stated in the press release, it's a 'prototype'... no mention of ever releasing them to the public... as for losing cards, I can tell you from registering punters aged 18+, they lose everything but their phone.... 

Ben Davies
Ben Davies - Cubic Transportation Systems - Sydney 01 February, 2017, 23:45Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

I can certainly believe that!

So, this is prepaid debit, with standard card scheme protection for lost/stolen & fraud liability? Are there transaction value limits?

Peter Colbert
Peter Colbert - Inamo - Sydney 01 February, 2017, 23:481 like 1 like

Yes, has the usual $100 limit but our platform gives you a PIN so you can go over that limit.

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