Apple Pay and Smart Objects

Smart Objects

The Apple Pay functionality of the new iPhone 6 and 6+ is not a function that is usually connected to smart objects and the internet of things. While Apple devices have brought together the functionality of cameras, email, and now credit card payment into a single device, it is arguably not a smart object in the traditional sense. Despite this, the trials and tribulations of products like Apple Pay have a profound impact upon Smart Objects and their future.

Bank of America Apple Pay users experienced the first glitch, where transactions would be charged twice.

Bank of America Apple Pay users experienced the first glitch, where transactions would be charged twice.

Like the iPhone, many smart objects are a result of the ‘lego effect’ or the process of combining several technologies into one object. While the iPhone takes several technology related objects and combines them, smart objects most often take technology and meshes it with more mundane objects. Still though the success of some functions of smart objects depend on how well similar technology works in more traditional situations. For example the recent problems with ApplePay (duplicate charges,  as seen below is one such problem) may prove an challenge for smart objects like the Coin wallet, an electronic universal credit and debit card system. While it remains to be seen if Apple can iron out their kinks, the success of Apple Pay and traditional technology will have a profound impact upon the adaptation and creation of future smart objects.

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