Barclaycard is trialling contactless payment gloves that it says "make paying quicker and easier when laden with shopping bags".
In a survey by Barclaycard, which quizzed 2,000 people on their Christmas shopping behaviour, “gloves you could pay with” were voted the most popular wearable item consumers wanted to see created. They were followed by rings in second place and bracelets in third. Contactless handbags, scarves and hats were also in demand, according to the survey.
One might ask however "why would you wear your gloves in a shop?". Undeterred however, Barclaycard has developed a "small number" of "pay-glove" prototypes, which are being trialled across some of the UK’s 300,000 contactless locations during the busy Christmas shopping period.
The woollen gloves, which are also touchscreen-enabled so shoppers can use their mobile phones while on the move, act like a credit or debit card and can be used to make quick and easy contactless payments.
The Barclaycard gloves are embedded with a bPay contactless chip that can be linked to a credit or debit card and used to pay for transactions of up to £20. In the same way consumers use a contactless card, the gloves work when tapped on a contactless terminal.
Mike Saunders, managing director of digital consumer payments at Barclaycard, said: “At some point most of us have experienced the stress of holding bags full of shopping while trying to find a spare hand to get our card out of our purse or wallet to pay.
“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.”