Barclaycard has developed electronic gloves prototypes which are being trialed at UK stores during the Christmas shopping period to allow customers to pay for their goods by a simple tap on a contactless reader.
The warm woolen gloves will be embedded with an electronic chip on the top linked to the user’s credit and debit card and will permit small payments up to £20, without fetching a PIN number.
The gloves, which are planned to be made available to non-Barclaycard customers as well, will be touch-screen enabled allowing shoppers to wear them when using their phones.
Mike Saunders, managing director of digital consumer payments at Barclaycard, said: "The pay gloves we’re trialing 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!"