Plastc wants to put all of your cards in one place

Plastc wants to put all of your cards in one place, ships next year
By Joseph Keller on 7 Oct 2014 09:54 am

Plastc wants to make paying easier, taking all of your credit cards, loyalty cards, and more, and putting them in one place. Much like Coin, Plastc takes the form of a credit card that you can load all of your other cards onto. Coming next year, the card has an e-ink touchscreen on one side that lets you choose your card and enter the secure PIN protecting Plastc.

Plastic supports a variety of payment methods. In addition to being able to swipe the card, Plastc also supports Chip and PIN, barcode, and contactless payments through NFC. It also features Bluetooth LE to connect to your smartphone. Cards are loaded onto Plastc through a smartphone app.

In addition to loading cards onto Plastc, the smartphone is also a security device for the card. If you leave your card behind, the app will give you a proximity alert. If you should leave your Plastc behind, the card will eventually wipe all of the data, displaying the customer service number. When you get your hands back on the card, or get a replacement, simply sync it with the phone app to restore your data.

Through the app, you can see snapshots of your balance available on various cards. Plastc is charged wirelessly thorough a charging stand, and is supposed to hold a charge for a month. It will hold up to twenty cards, including credit and debit card, loyalty programs, and gift cards.

Plastc is scheduled to start shipping Summer 2015, and you can pre-order it right now for $155.

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Reader comments

Plastc wants to put all of your cards in one place


I've literally got a booklet originally intended for business cards full of them, loyalty cards, memberhip cars, library cards, I don't even know all the sorts of cards. Probably around a 100 or so cards. So in that respect, a dollar fiftyfive a card isn't that expensive. Very few are used on a regular basis however. Perhaps ten.

Long overdue. Afaik the explanation of why it's taken so long is all the credit card companies want their name on the card. $155 seems a bit hefty though. Couldn't the cell phones take this role as well?

In a way, Apple Pay is doing just that. It's based on NFC / Bank token standards. Which means we'll see a form of it on Windows and Android phones as well.. Provided Google and Microsoft don't keep trying to push their own 'proprietary' standards.

Ironic, in this case, Apple went with open standards.. This is a case where other companies have been greedy and wanted you to use JUST them; which makes the solutions convoluted and unlikely to be adopted widely.

Next few years will be very telling.

The solution above though is a nice idea.. Just wonder if it will pick up where many already have a smartphone. Why spend $155 more when you have a smartphone that does the same?

I have been able to make NFC payments for years now. The NFC hardware/payment standards have been open, and Apple was never involved in their development. Tokens are not something new, and Apple Pay as it is now will not be approved in Europe.

I think Microsoft and Google will be sticking to standards, that is why I can use Google/Microsoft Wallet internationally ;)

I like the concept of it just like Coin but I won't be paying for that sum just to use that..

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This is what Coin should have been...EMV (chip/pin) ready, rechargeable, better eInk display, etc. This is a vastly superior implementation than Coin. Although for me it's a transitional technology as all of that (except old school mag swipe which is going away finally in the US by Oct 2015) can be done on my phone which I always have with me.