Wearable Tech World Feature Article
December 23, 2014

Barclays Announces Electronic Glove That Allows You to Pay for Purchases

There is very little doubt that wearable tech is only getting more popular. This has led to a number of different companies looking for new ways to take advantage of that growing popularity. The U.K. Bank Barclays might be one company that has set the new standard when it comes to finding original ways to use this tech. The bank has just announced it is testing a new kind of gadget glove that would allow customers to tap, pay, and go even when shoppers are finding their hands full.

“At some point, most of us have experienced the stress of holding bags full of shopping while trying to find a spare hand to get our card out of our purse or wallet to pay,” Mike Saunders, managing director of digital consumer payments at Barclaycard recently told the Daily Star U.K. "Some may have even been subjected to frustration from those piling up in the queue behind them … So when people told us that being able to pay with gloves would take some of the stress out of their Christmas shopping, we wanted to respond positively to shoppers’ demand.”

Barclays says the glove will be much easier to use than other contactless payment options because customers don’t need to put anything down in order to search for their wallet or wield their phone. The glove is embedded with an electronic chip that is linked to a user’s method of payment and will allow people to use this device for payments of up to the equivalent of $30.

This particular effort by Barclays appears to be the first real combination of wearable technology and mobile payments. The group will certainly be offering up something quite original, even if the tech seems a bit quirky. There is very little doubt that coming up with devices like this is only going to advance both sectors of the tech world in a convincing fashion. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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