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Barclaycard trials contactless payment gloves

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, were created after a survey of 2,000 people found it 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.

“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.”

Other Christmas shopping pet hates were found to include long queues (74%), overcrowded shops (41%) and unhelpful check-out staff (36%).

The number of contactless cards in circulation in the UK has now reached 45m and a quarter of all plastic new cards distributed by banks are contactless-enabled. There are currently around 300,000 contactless payment locations across the UK.

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