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Plastc Is One Card to Rule Them All at CES

Plastc CardWe’re all burdened by many of these plastic rectangles otherwise known as credit, debit, bank, membership and loyalty cards are high up the agenda. Many of these cards are infrequently used but you don’t want to leave them behind “just in case”. Plastc looks to replace all those cards with just one. Todd finds out more about his new flexible friend from Ryan.

The Plastc card incorporates a programmable magnetic strip, EMV chip and an eInk touch-screen display. The stripe and the chip make the Plastc very flexible and future-proofed for “Chip’n’PIN” which is widespread in Europe and soon to come to the U.S. The eInk touch-screen selects and displays the card currently being cloned. The screen can also show barcodes for laser-scanned loyalty cards.

The Plastc card works with an app for iOS and Android to upload the details of the card via bluetooth and there are several security systems in place to ensure that the Plastc card is unusable if lost. The Plastc card is currently on pre-order for $155 with delivery expected in summer 2015.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Pick Rewards at Point of Sale

DynamicsEplateInstead of carrying multiple cards to qualify for various affinity reward programs, here’s a programmable credit card from Dynamics, Inc that allows you to choose where those charges and points get applied. When coupled with the smartphone app, you can change the reward program and premium that you wish. The merchant gets to put a special award directly in front of the consumer. Charities can also vie for attention . Over fifty brands are already aligned with the program. The awards are also available much more quickly than the regular reward system – allowing response in just a few seconds of the time that the purchase occurs. There is an open API allowing companies to customize and add incentives to their programs. TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews and Daniel J. Lewis, The Audacity To Podcast.


Dynamics PowerCards Make Your Credit Card Smart

Dynamics Inc
Dynamics Inc

The credit card is getting an upgrade. It also won the CES 2012 Innovation award.

Jeff Mullen, CEO of Powercards joins us to talk about the Dynamic Credit Card. They just raised over  40 million dollars to create one of the smallest devices ever developed. 70 electrical components in the size of a credit card.

This is the world’s first card re-programmable mag stripe. Push a button and the card will re-write the data to the magstripe. You can then swipe your card into the reader.

It feels like a regular credit card. You can bend it, and put in your wallet. The cards are completely sealed, so they can get wet without issue. The battery will last for up to four years.

If you have multiple accounts (personal, business), then you can push a button and your card is a business credit card. Push the other button, it is your personal credit card. After a while, the card can clear off your mag stripe, so you are forced to chose your card type again.

Another use of these cards would be Reward points. Push a button, and your card is using your rewards points.

There is another card that has a pin code on it. Enter your pin code and the system will put your card info on the mag stripe. After use, the mag stripe will clear, so your card becomes a blank piece of plastic.

Finally, Jeff showed us a medical card that will show emergency numbers and other medical information medical professionals may need to keep you alive. The card comes with a card holding case that you put in with your drivers licence. During emergencies, medical professionals look for your ID, then pull out the life card. They get a number which they put into their computers and get important information.

The cards do not have a price point. The cards will be announced later in 2012.