You might soon be able to make payments with your Pebble Time smartwatch. Fit Pay has announced they have developed a smart strap for the Pebble Time family of smartwatches that would allow NFC payments at an estimated 9 million retail locations worldwide. A Kickstarter campaign will launch in January 2016 with a product release planned for early 2016. It will be called Pagaré, and if you're looking to stay up to date with the product, head over to http://www.pagare.me and join their mailing list.
San Francisco, Calif. – (November 12, 2015) – Fit Pay, Inc. and ConnecteDevice announced today that they have developed a smartstrap for the Pebble Time family of smartwatches. The new smartstrap, called PagaréTM, enables Pebble Time users to transact secure, contactless payments at millions of retail locations.
"PagaréTM for Pebble is the first execution of our vision to bring secure, frictionless payments to wearable devices," said Michael Orlando, co-founder and chief executive officer of Fit Pay. "With PagaréTM, Pebble Time users can easily pay without their phone, opening an app or digging for their credit card. We look forward to bringing similar capabilities to millions of fitness tracker and smartwatch wearers through Fit Pay's extensible platform."
"We are very pleased to collaborate with Fit Pay on this innovative new smartstrap for Pebble Time," said Henri-Nicolas Olivier, chief executive officer of ConnecteDevice. "It is a natural extension of our strategy to bring beautiful, cutting-edge, connected products to consumers."
Pebble announced in March that it would support the development of smartstraps, which are hardware extensions of Pebble Time smartwatches that are designed to augment the devices' capabilities.
"The PagaréTM contactless payment smartstrap is bringing a game-changing new feature to the Pebble Time family of products," said Eric Migicovsky, chief executive officer of Pebble. "This is the exact type of robust, new capability that we envisioned the open platform for smartstraps would create for Pebble."
PagaréTM will use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology combined with card network tokenization to interact with point-of-sale terminals at retail locations. NFC, in place at an estimated 9 million retail locations worldwide, is becoming a ubiquitous payment acceptance technology at POS. PagaréTM will leverage Fit Pay's Trusted Payment ManagerTM platform, which enables contactless payment capabilities on a wide range of wearable devices.
According to CardNotPresent.com, wearable payments are expected to grow to more than $500 billion by 2020. Fit Pay will launch a Kickstarter campaign in January 2016 to support the production of PagaréTM for Pebble Time and expects the smartstrap to be available in early 2016. Join the interest list at www.pagare.me.
About Fit Pay, Inc.
Based in San Francisco, California, Fit Pay, Inc. is led by payment industry experts with more than 20 years of payment platform and identity authentication domain expertise. Fit Pay's platform provides a phone-less and app-less experience, allowing consumers to conduct highly secure, frictionless payment transactions. Fit Pay offers an entirely new way for transacting payments using a wearable device.
ConnecteDevice is a pioneer in the development of ultra-low power connectivity platform for the watch and wearable industry. The company offers a solution with over-the-air update capabilities, that combines its own pre-certified chip, app API's and a cloud backend. ConnecteDevice addresses banks and telcos needs, for contactless mobile payment wearable solution that allows remote provisioning of a physical secure element. Headquartered in Hong Kong, with European management, the company has offices in Shenzhen, Seattle and San Francisco.