Visa develop cards with tiny computers living in them
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.