One Card To Rule Them All
For as long as I can remember I've kept my wallet in my right back pocket. On the rare occasion that I accidentally stuff it in another pocket (grabbing groceries out of the car, hands full and I shove it in a random pocket) I've felt, well, naked.
Every now and then I'll meet up with someone who admonishes me for carrying it there and casually informs me that keeping 32 assorted credit and rewards cards right under my butt will cause massive, irreversible back damage and the next world war.
I admit that I'm guilty of carrying around wayy too many items in my wallet. Two debit cards, one credit card, four or five store loyalty cards, and of course my expired college ID for those rare nights I feel like I can pass for 18 again and get in the movies for cheap, plus a host of flotsam and jetsam that one accumulates in a wallet.
A new device called Coin is aiming to change all of that. This card-sized "digital wallet" allows you to program your existing credit cards into one futuristic-looking credit card and rotate through them with a push of a button. From The Verge:
"Coin works using a patent-pending magnetic strip that changes on demand. The device ships with a small reader you use to scan cards into the Coin mobile app, which then syncs with the device itself over Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the same power-sipping protocol used by many fitness trackers and smart watches."
Pretty cool, right? I think it would be awesome if an enterprising credit union jumped on this and offered it to it's members. I'd certainly be willing to check it out! For those of you who are skeptical about the safety and security of the device, check out their FAQ here.
What do you think? Would you use one? Do you know any people who would or wouldn't? Let us know below!
DeAndre Upshaw is a former Young & Free Texas Spokester. He's a marketing professional living in Dallas and a Beyonce enthusiast. DeAndre is the host and executive producer of The State of Awesome. Follow him on Twitter and check out his personal website.