Visa develop cards with tiny computers living in them

12 July 2010

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Those calculator-style debit card-reader thingies that banks have doled out to us all as a way of preventing fraud are about to become a thing of the past. Yes, already.

Visa have developed a super-cool, hi-tech new bank card that has a built-in keypad and LCD screen that will make card-based shopperoonery way safer than it’s ever been. Yes, really.

The card, called Visa CodeSure, could be launched as early as later this year, and while it will have the dimensions of an ordinary debit or credit card, it will have a tiny screen above the signature strip and ten small pressure keypads that will allow you to enter your PIN. Yes, we thought that as well.

As the technology will now be built into the card, we’ll be free to throw all of those annoying card reader thingies over a wall somewhere or something. Battery life on the new cards is believed to be about three years – meaning they should be as durable as the current range of cards. Yes, they really seem to believe that.

Sandra Alzetta, head of innovation at Visa Europe, said some stuff about it all but it wasn’t very exciting so we’ve chosen not to copy and paste it here. We’re not sure what the advice is for you if you’re short-sighted or have fat fingers – try harder probably. Yes, or no - we're speculating.

TOPICS:   Technology

10 comments

  • Pastyboy21
    Don't expect these to be dished out en-mass they are at least 10-12 times more expensive than a standard credit/debit card to manufacture. The technology has been around for a number of years but as we in the UK do not pay for our cards, the banks do not see this as a viable solution.. expect these cards on premier accounts only at first.
  • Nobby
    People with fat fingers should diet or use a stick.
  • Andrew
    This has already been done for MasterCard: http://www.nidsecurity.com/microsite/mastercard/products/ It's currently testing in Turkey and will be tested by Newcastle Building Society in the future.
  • IfYouCopyMyNameYouAreGayIsGay
    My bank cards already break after about a year. I hate to think how long these will last.
  • Tim
    So makes it easier for the criminals as they only have to steal the credit card instead of needing the card and relevant reader. With a bit of hackery I'm sure they'll work out how to crack the PIN, or otherwise just intercept the PIN when it's sent out in the post.
  • Ste B.
    What happens after two years or so when the buttons used for the PIN start to get abit worn? Anybody who gets hold of it has a chance of guessing your number by looking at the most worn numbers.
  • kev
    how do you use it in a shop tho? shirley the shop has to have the technology too for you to be able to use it, which alot of them wont want to fork out big money for
  • Matt
    @ Tim, You don't even need the 'relevant' card reader, they are all generic... I can use my natwest, nationwide and santandar readers interchangably, they all work the same.
  • Adam
    I don't really understand how this is going to be of any benefit to anyone. Especially when some old granny is in front of you spending fifteen minutes to type her pin in.
  • tin
    If it's anything like the wondrous verified by visa, it will be shit.

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