Barclaycard is taking contactless payment a step further by trialling a pair of gloves embedded with a chip that allows wearers to complete transactions by swiping their hands over card machines.
The prototype wool accessories, which are also touchscreen-enabled, are the result of a survey of 2,000 people carried out for the bank, which found the item to be the most popular idea, ahead of rings and bracelets.
Data from the study also revealed one in five shoppers struggle to find traditional cards or pay when their hands are full of bags.
Managing director of digital consumer payments at Barclaycard Mike Saunders suggested the product could be rolled out nationwide next year if the pilot proves successful.
“The ‘pay gloves’ we’re trialling are designed to let shoppers ‘tap, pay and go’ even when their hands are full of shopping. If the prototype is popular, these handy winter warmers could be bringing some festive cheer to bag-laden shoppers by Christmas 2015.”
The gloves can be used to pay for transactions of up to £20, without having to enter a Pin number. Barclaycard is working on his and hers versions, with the women’s gloves having a softer and more “fleecy” look.