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Plastc Combines All Your Cards Into One

If you can remember way back to November of 2013 (I cannot – luckily we have the Internet), you might recall Coin, an electronic device that simulates all of your credit and debit cards so that you can make your wallet a wee bit lighter. The company was looking to crowdsource $50,000 and get the product out by Summer 2014, but the release has since been pushed back to spring 2015. It’s still an intriguing product, but they may have missed their window of opportunity.

A new device called Plastc looks to do the same thing Coin does and could be available as soon as summer 2015. It also has a serious advantage over coin in the form of an embedded computer chip that makes it hard to clone. By 2015, the US will start pushing retailers to only accept cards that have these chips in them, which Coin doesn’t, so it could be dead in the water the moment it comes out.

Plastc can store up to 20 cards on the device itself, which is more than enough space for most people, but if you pair it with the app you can get even more. Plastc can also store loyalty and gift cards, can act as a form of identification, and has built-in security features that can help in the event that you lose the card. It can display a message prompting whoever finds it to return it to you, or it can be wiped remotely if you think it’s been stolen. The app will employ both a security pin and facial authentication to make sure only you can access it.

Plastc can be pre-ordered from the official website for $155 and is currently scheduled for a 2015 release. You can pre-order Coin for only $100, but the absence of that built-in chip is a total dealbreaker for me.

via Engadget

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