NFC Payments to Get into Pebble Smartwatches, Thanks to Pagaré Smartstraps

February 10, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Pebble is one company that has taught us that smartwatches are smart not just as a whole; each of its individual parts does hold the potential to be smart. Pebble explained it to us using their smartstrap technology, where straps played individual roles in setting up the technological ecosystem for a smartwatch.

Now, a tech start-up called Fit Pay is picking up from where Pebble left it last year, and has introduced a complete new range of smartstraps, called Pagaré, that are compatible with the Pebble range of wrist gear.

Using NFC capabilities, these straps aim to offer contactless payments through the wrists with the help of the smart accessory port in Pebble watches.

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Pagaré smartstraps are designed to work with Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel, and Pebble Round. Users of these smartwatches could be soon able to replace their normal Pebble straps with Pagaré to have payments carried out through their Pebble watches at shops and retail outlets. Also, the smartstraps are currently designed with the same style and coloring as of that the normal Pebble straps, so that users doesn’t feel like they have lost out on the style factor.

The working of these transactions will be carried out in a similar fashion to that of Apple Watches. Once it’s removed from the wrists, the smartstraps would slash out any of the transactions carried out. Users will have to input a four digit key to have transactions activated upon putting it back to wrists.

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More than 9 million points of terminals would be set up around the world where Pagaré smartstraps would be compatible, say the developers. Some of the leading outlets that would support Pagaré in the coming days are GameStop, Panera Bread, and Whole Foods.

The smartstraps are expected to get shipped during the mid of this year, but it would be so only if it manages to grab its crowd-funding goal in Kickstarter. The device will sell at a retail price of $69 once it launches. Early birds who back the project now can also avail some handy discounts.

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