The Contactless Payment Scarf is a Thing You Don't Need

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Because it’s almost Christmas, a company has stuck contactless payment bits inside a scarf, pointed at it and deliberately mouthed the word “FUTURE”. Deep breaths.

Card Cutters’ prototype Swish and Pay scarf may look like a regular neck-warmer/fashion accessory, but it’s so much more than that. It has a payment chip at one end (next to the frilly bits), so you can… look like an idiot while paying for stuff at the checkout.

According to Card Cutters, juggling shopping bags at the tills at Christmas is one of the most stressful experiences a shopper goes through -- such a hard life -- and the scarf would make all of your troubles dissolve away.

“There are currently 98.9 million contactless cards in issue in the UK, this product trial is all about the consumer saving time rather than having to fumble around for your card,” said the UK director of Card Cutters, Paul Edwards. “Equally though, a business would also be able to get through more sales in a shorter timeframe.

“When we saw the results of which items of clothing people would like to wear adapted with contactless payment technology, such as a scarf, a bag, gloves and even a hat. We thought it would be great to respond to these requests and trial this service during this festive time, and you never know the future of contactless clothing could be brought into 2017.”

Next up, contactless payment trouser flies.