£150 jacket has bPay contactless payment technology built in to the cuff
Paying for things using contactless technology just got a lot simpler thanks to a new bPay initiative that does away with the need for cards or a mobile device altogether.
Barclays has announced it is teaming up with high-end menswear brand Lyle & Scott for the release of ‘The Contactless Jacket’ – probably the most fashionable tie-up between contactless and wearable technology to date.
Costing £150, the 100 percent cotton jacket, available in blue or black, comes with a bPay chip inserted into the cuff, meaning the wearer can pay for purchases up to £30 just by holding their wrist over the contactless reader.
“We are a brand that embraces our heritage, however we understand that it is extremely important to stay in touch with the needs of our modern customers,” said Lyle & Scott’s innovation project manager, Jonathan Briggs.
“Innovation is key to realising this, and so we are proud to partner with bPay to launch the world’s first contactless payment jacket.”
The bPay chip can be linked to any registered Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card, with the bPay chip valid for up to two years.
The Contactless Jacket, which will be available both on the Lyle & Scott website as well as its London Carnaby Street store, is the latest in a series of releases by Barclays as it looks to popularise the use of its bPay technology among customers.
Back in June, the company announced its widest public release of the technology yet with the launch of three new bPay devices, a wristband, fob and sticker, which are now on sale to the public, not just Barclays customers.
The company has also dabbled in wearable bPay devices before, having last December announced the trial of prototype gloves that will allow shoppers to pay for their in-store purchases or travel journey with just a swipe of their hand.
Barclaycard first launched the bPay band at the Pride in London festival and Barclaycard presents British Summer Time in Hyde Park concerts last Summer. The bands have also enjoyed a surge in popularity following Barclaycard’s tie-up with Transport for London to allow contactless payment for journeys made on the capital’s transport network.
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