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Sony Prepping Power Outlets That Accept Payments

by Emily Price | February 14, 2012February 14, 2012 10:00 pm PST

Soon you may be paying to use the power outlet at your local airport of coffee shop in addition to paying for Wi-fi.

Sony is reportedly working on new power outlets that could potentially accept payments from users. The outlets are able to determine who is using them, and what that individual’s permissions are at that particular socket. Tapping your phone or a card on the NFC-equipped outlets will pass along your personal information or your payment for use.

The tech could prevent unauthorized users from using outlets and essentially stealing power, as well as allow those with public and frequently used power outlets like those in airports to make some quick cash.

The tech is currently still in the development stages, but is based on Sony’s FeliCa standard which is currently being used for NFC payments in Japan, and would make an introduction into the country a reasonably easy one.

[via The Verge]

Emily Price

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