I've just taken a look at the Coin. It's a piece of hardware the size of a credit card that works with conventional swipe card machines. You just press a button on it to choose which of the preloaded cards you want to use then swipe away.
Heres the quite sweetly produced little video:
I'm barely able to keep up with all the options in the electronic payment space, let alone what I think are the interim technology solutions to problems. We've got square, NFC in phones, cards, bracelets you name it, and Proprietary apps like Starbuck's payment app which I use regularly (only because theres not hipster indie coffee shop on the way to the station every morning in London suburbia) I guess they all work well, but it's not a single solution. I can't help thinking 'they' haven't landed the solution yet.
I suppose it's been this way for a while, throw out some options and see which one floats. A good example of this is video formats. VHS or betamax, blu-ray or HD DVD. Only two viable solutions for each generation meant a clean-cut fight which consumers could understand and feel like they could have an opinion on. Nowadays, perhaps because i'm involved in digital advertising and I see more of it, there appears to be a lot more throwing.
With what feels like the continuing explosion of tech start-ups who feel they have the answer to a 'problem' being fuelled in terms of funding by incubators, kickstarter, crowdsourced funding, large corporates setting asides cash to support tech start ups etc.. there is no shortage of answers to problems.
I've recently been thinking about a new TV. Not that i'd admit that to my Fiancé. 3D, full HD, 2k, 4k, curved? It seems like every manufacturer is an an experimentation phase and I've no idea when it'll end and one of these answers to the problem of what next? will stick, and therefore what I should buy.
I love that it's seemingly easy to experiment with new technology. I've just ordered the Estimote dev kit it's a very cute little blob that pings out notification to your phone via bluetooth if you get near it. I can see so many applications, but if it turns into the standard way of doing that, I have no idea yet.
I suppose what i'm saying is I feel like i'm running up the down escalator and new things I should care about are popping up on every step. My twitter feed is full with prompts to look at new stuff in development. It's a full-time, tiring job trying to keep up, and my day job is a lot about keeping up. Do sources like engadget help or are they just a firehose of everything? The BBC does a half decent job of curation over accumulation but it's probably a little too stripped down in terms of depth of technological explanation. Would be great to have something in between with insightful comment.