Magician Turns Isis Mobile Payment System Into Magic

Mashable

Here at South by South West (SXSW), it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. Some companies use free bikes and coffee, others crazy in-booth games. Isis, the mobile payment system brought to you by T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon is using magic to turn heads.

[More from Mashable: Why Bands Need Better Mobile Websites Now [INFOGRAPHIC]]

Cyber-illusionist Morgan Tempest uses sleight of hand, the natural properties of touch-screen devices and their built-in accelerometers to create engaging digital magic (you’ve seen him at LeWeb and here). This morning at SXSW, he deftly explained how the NFC-enabled Isis system can work for your mobile payments.

No, he doesn’t mention that Isis competes with Google Wallet or that not many phones have built-in Near Field Communication chips (he did note after the demo that you can get a special NFC sleeve for your iPhone). Tempest, however, does name a compelling case for the use of sleight of hand to pay for your stuff. And I guess that's the point. Paying with an NFC device can conceivably be as easy as waving your phone at a reader and then going about your day.

[More from Mashable: #MashSXSW: Show Off Your SXSWi Photos on Mashable]

Mobile payments are pretty much what they sound like: The ability to pay for real goods without taking your credit card out of your wallet. You simply wave an NFC-enabled phone at a reader, enter a PIN on your phone and then complete the transaction.

It may take some magic for NFC payments to take off as the competition between Google Wallet, which has Visa's backing, and Isis has grown somewhat contentious.

Watch the video, see if you can follow along and then let's talk in the comments about NFC payment systems and exactly how Tempest makes his digital magic.

This story originally published on Mashable here.

View Comments (0)