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Electronic multi-card is aimed at slimming your wallet

Electronic multi-card is aimed...
The Fuze Card can digitally store up to 30 other cards on its internal memory
The Fuze Card can digitally store up to 30 other cards on its internal memory
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The Fuze Card can digitally store up to 30 other cards on its internal memory
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The Fuze Card can digitally store up to 30 other cards on its internal memory
Cards are loaded onto the Fuze Card using an included reader
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Cards are loaded onto the Fuze Card using an included reader
Using the app, Fuze Card users can add and delete stored cards as needed 
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Using the app, Fuze Card users can add and delete stored cards as needed 

What do Coin, Plastc and Swyp have in common? They're all electronic cards that multiple other credit, debit, loyalty or gift cards can be digitally loaded onto – so you end up carrying around just one card, instead of a wallet full of them. Unfortunately, though, Coin is no longer being manufactured, and Plastc is out of business. That leaves the yet-to-be-released Swyp, which has a new competitor in the form of the Fuze Card.

Made by tech startup BrillianT, the Fuze can store the digital information of up to 30 other cards on its integrated encrypted chip (Swyp stores 25). Users initially get that information on there utilizing an included card reader, which they use with an iOS/Android app on their Bluetooth-paired smartphone.

From there, they just toggle through the stored cards by pressing Forward and Backward buttons on the card's surface. A small E-Paper screen indicates which card is selected. They can then use the Fuze just like they would a regular card, at any business supporting magstrip, EMV, NFC, and barcode cards.

The card will only work if their smartphone is within Bluetooth range, or if a PIN code is entered directly on the card itself.

Using the app, Fuze Card users can add and delete stored cards as needed 
Using the app, Fuze Card users can add and delete stored cards as needed 

Using the app, users can add and delete stored cards as needed (they can also remotely delete them all if the Fuze is lost), track the location of the card, plus the app will notify them if they wander off without the Fuze.

The card itself is 0.8 mm thick, and reportedly runs for 30 days per charge of its lithium-polymer battery. Its charger doubles as a power bank, so it can be recharged while on the move.

If you're interested in getting one, the Fuze Card is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign. Pledges start at US$89, with delivery estimated for July – if everything works out.

There's more information in the following video.

Source: Indiegogo

3 comments
WillieNAz
since I'd have to have my phone anyway... all my loyalty cards are already in an app already and I only carry my USAA card and my Costco Visa card... I can just see the waiter having difficulty being out of Bluetooth range with that expensive "replacement" card. although it would be good for hackers to own if they can borrow your card long enough to store it for a day or two while they go shopping.
BladedGhost
This is an awesome idea, and as much as I would like to have one, I, in no way will pay what they are asking for this card, ever. What is it with these startups asking so much for their products.
Rocky Stefano
@BladedGhost. I've produced these cards for over 17 years. They're charging 10x the price because there is so much custom electronics in there that the tooling and production costs can become astronomical. That concept is a dead end. I've been telling people this for five years and still everyone keeps trying to get rich quick. EMV has basically killed this concept.