Bluetooth Beacons: Digital Wallet from Proxima

Bluetooth LE beacons are bringing in a new age of contactless payments. And an Australian company is already out of the gate. Bluetooth LE technology is an NFC killer. The beacons that Apple is putting into its stores aren’t just a way to deliver you product videos or let you make appointments at the Genius […]

Apple iBeacon Trademark Shows Future of Mobile Payments

The trademark application for iBeacon by Apple won’t help clarify what we’re supposed to call, well, ‘beacons’, but it does hint at how their deployment of Bluetooth LE technology could underpin mobile payments, e-wallets, loyalty programs and (yes) trade shows. In their trademark application, the filing under International Class 036 specifically covers “Financial services; bill […]

Disappearing Payments On the Internet of Things

On the Internet of Things the world is the Web. Sensors do their sensing, objects talk to you (or your phone, or your glasses) and to each other. But if a can of soup can (theoretically) know you’re buying it, then why do mobile payments feel like they’re stuck with a ‘last mile’ problem not […]