Intuit is experimenting with payments applications for Google Glass, smartwatches and fitness bands.
Intuit adapted its GoPayment mobile card reader for use with Google Glass, a wearable computer that resembles a pair of glasses. It demonstrated this application this month at Intuit's Innovation Gallery Walk in New York.
Intuit is looking to pursue platforms and devices that our customers will want to use, says Cindy Osmon, senior staff software engineer at Intuit. Were keeping our eyes open on other wearables, but have been impressed with experimenting with Google Glass so far.
To use Intuits application a merchant would ring up the shopper's items and tap a button to generate a QR code for the customer to scan with Google Glass' built-in camera. The customer taps the touch-sensitive panel on the side of the Google Glass headset to authorize the payment. Afterwards, the user can see a receipt on the Google Glass screen, which displays information above user's right eye.
It is a paradigm shift to begin thinking about how to design for wearables such as Google Glass, Osman says. You really have to think about the context that the user is in that drives what the best message is and when to convey it when designing for these types of form factors. Just like when we had to rethink desktop software for the mobile phone, we must now rethink mobile phone software for even smaller devices like Google Glass, watches, fitness bands, etc.
The application was a concept design, meaning it doesnt have an official name and there is no official launch date, says Osman.
While the application was nicknamed GlassPay in the demo, that name is now taken. On Oct. 17, RedBottle Design LLC launched GlassPay, an application allowing users to purchase items in-store with bitcoin by using Google Glass or an Android smartphone.
Intuit is currently building a version of its Mint personal finance management software for Google Glass. The company is taking feedback from consumers on what technology and features matter most, Osman says.
Although Google Glass has not launched to the general public, several other payments companies are testing payments apps on the device. MasterCard Inc. is building applications that combine the wearable technology with its MasterPass digital wallet and its mobile application, QkR, which reads QR codes. LevelUp tested an app that allows Google Glass to be used by a store clerk to scan a QR code displayed on the shopper's phone.