Pay in Bitcoin with a Head Nod Using Google Glass
Google Glass hasn’t caught the mainstream by storm just yet, but its potential may have everyone wearing a pair in the near future. A new app designed for Google Glass, called Eaze, lets bitcoin users pay for goods and services with a head nod.
The Eaze app was announced in February of this year, and allows bitcoiners to wear their digital wallets on their face. The app has begun its beta testing phase, and claims to be the first global payment solutions app for Google Glass.
With minimal head motions, users can complete transactions in payments in an instant.
The app’s co-founder, Rutger van Zuidam, says that with his app,bitcoin is “the most easy currency to implement, and the main story is about making payments frictionless.” For now, bitcoin is the only digital currency the app is compatible with, but that may change in the future.
Retailers accepting bitcoin, can take in payments through the Eaze app by creating a code that can be scanned by the facial hardware. All a customer has to do to complete a bitcoin payment is nod twice. The payment is transferred over right on the spot.
Motion detection payments seem to be emerging as a trendy way to pay using the digital currency. Before the Eaze app on Google Glass, there was MEVU.
MEVU is the first wearable bitcoin wallet technology that allows users to make bitcoin payments with just their movements. By a wave of the wrist, wearers of the MEVU bracelet can pay for small goods and services, such as a buying newspaper. MEVU’s CEO and co-founder, Apurv Mishra, says:
“If we use bitcoin or any other currency, if it has the facility for tipping, I think that’s what people would want.” He went on to say, “[It] could add a layer of payments for smaller value transactions: parking, tipping, and so on.”
The motion of the bracelet is tracked by a tablet device, which recognizes the movement as a payment.
Unlike Eaze, MEVU lets users choose which digital currency they want to use.
Like what the Nintendo Wii did for gaming, technologies like the MEVU and apps like Eaze hope to implement motion technology into how the mainstream public pays for things.
“… everyone wearing a pair” – a PAIR, really?