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First iPod-compatible payment terminal demoed

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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2005
News Categories: iPod

Ingenico says it has developed the world’s first terminal accepting a payment on an iPod. The invention, which was demonstrated last month at the Cartes 2005 exhibition, uses the company’s i5100 terminal, Atlantic Radio System’s FM data extraction module and Griffin’s iTrip FM transmitter to “communicate with the iPod via the FM band while enabling users to pay for goods using their MP3 player,” according to Ingenico.

“At this past Cartes exhibition, Ingenico demonstrated how, in a hypothetical future, travellers could book plane tickets and receive them via MP3 format by e-mail,” the company explains. “He or she would then just need to store the MP3 receipt on an iPod before going to the airport. When preparing to board, the traveller would simply play the MP3 ticket on the iPod to send all ticket information securely and in real time to the boarding gate. Ticket information might include passport, itinerary and price data as well as pre-encoded biometric features for passenger verification at the gate. The same intuitive, user friendly payment system can also be used for gift vouchers, tickets and virtually all other forms of prepaid transaction.”

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1

Ok, I love my iPod, but this doesn’t make much sense to me. I can see paying for things with a cell phone, but not(!) with an iPod, especially because an additional accessory is required.

Posted by WldKt in United States on December 14, 2005 at 3:12 PM (PDT)

2

I don’t think that this would work at all. That means that consumers who want to buy items from an iPod would need to have a nano or the 5G. At a price of upwards of $200, I don’t think an iPod is the right way to go. Like WIdKt said, a cellphone is the right way to go. And couldn’t someone intercept the FM transmission?

Posted by Matthew on December 14, 2005 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

3

Passports and biometrics via FM?  Aren’t people already cloning speedpass and car key codes as they are transmitted?  Sounds like a brave new world to me….

Posted by ludite on December 14, 2005 at 4:05 PM (PDT)

4

Or we could just print the email on a $0.01 cent piece of paper with our ticket info on it, and use a real passport like we are using now.  Playing an mp3 file to get on a place seems real stupid and slow.

Posted by Taphil on December 14, 2005 at 4:14 PM (PDT)

5

While its a cool idea, I dont think itd catch on for many yearsm if it even does. And about FM transmitters, I doubt thats what they’d use. It probably wouldnt even be operational unless the iPod had WiFi (which is possible for an iPod to have in the coming months or years) I think the FM Transmitter was just to demonstrate and not for actual use.

Posted by MidnightSlade on December 14, 2005 at 5:41 PM (PDT)

6

That doesn’t make any sense and is a terribly incorrect application of this technology. iPods are music players, not some crazy catch-all ticket-transmitting device.

Posted by admiraldennis on December 14, 2005 at 6:26 PM (PDT)

7

This sounds more applicable for PDA’s, maybe even cell phones but definitely not music players.

Posted by 3rdEye on December 14, 2005 at 6:53 PM (PDT)

8

i love what the ipod has done for apple but with this talk about wireless stuff and all this.. it jsut sounds like apple is trying to invent something thats already been done.  a pda.

Posted by ryan on December 14, 2005 at 7:20 PM (PDT)

9

You can pay for things in Japan with your cell phone

Posted by k on December 15, 2005 at 4:51 AM (PDT)

10

There have been iPod fanboys that in the past touted the player’s “PDA” features (their words, not mine). 

Does seem like a novel means of utilizing MP3 files for uses beyond music, but I still question how secure this all really is. And like others have mentioned, it seems like the wrong type of device is being targeted; more travelers are likely to be carrying a cell phone rather than an iPod or any other DAP.

Posted by flatline response on December 15, 2005 at 5:31 AM (PDT)

11

Very nice site. Keep up the great work.

Posted by reductil on May 31, 2006 at 5:33 AM (PDT)

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