Visa introduces NFC-enabled payment ring for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Visa payment ring

Some 45 athletes heading to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic games will be able to purchase things simply by waving their hand. The Visa payment ring is an NFC-enabled payment ring that will eliminate the need for a physical card or even smartphone, relying instead on a simple hand gesture. “Visa’s first payment ring puts smart payment technology right […]

Swatch partners with Visa to expand Swatch Bellamy availability

Swatch Bellamy

Swatch unveiled the Swatch Bellamy, its “pay-by-the-wrist” watch, in mid-October. Initially sold only in China, a new partnership will soon allow Swatch to expand availability to additional markets. The company today announced a new partnership with Visa that will see it launch the Swatch Bellamy in the U.S., Switzerland and Brazil in early 2016. Fully consistent with the DNA of the pioneering Swiss watchmaker, […]

Concept Sunday: Three wearable contactless payment devices for 2020

Visa Small Change concept

Visa Europe earlier this year asked five design students and graduates at Central Saint Martins, an art and design institution in the UK, to imagine how wearable contactless payment devices might look and work in 2020. Three concepts were presented this week at the Visa Europe Technology Partner Forum in London. With Visa having recently mandated that all all point […]

Visa announces support for cloud-based payments using Android Host Card Emulation

Visa payWave

Visa yesterday announced that a new feature in Google Android will allow it to host Visa payWave-enabled accounts in a secure, virtual cloud. This service eliminates the need to store secure payment data on SIM cards by instead storing it in the cloud. The feature in question, called Host Card Emulation (HCE), was added in Android 4.4 KitKat. It allows […]