Now I’m sure the biggest fear on top of everyone’s list is Radio Frequency Identification Theft (RFID theft). I mean, who isn’t afraid of having the frequency from their brainwaves read by RFID theives from all around. But in all seriousness, for all those who aren’t too familiar with RFID theft, here’s a quick rundown. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), is an umbrella term for technologies using radio waves to automatically identify people or objects. A tiny microchip and antenna is embedded in these smartcards allowing it to communicate with an RFID reader. The use of this technology is extremely popular in Asian cities such as the Hong Kong with their Octopus card and Korea with T-Money. Recently, major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express have adopted RFID technology as an alternate and more convenient means of purchasing items. Embedded with a small computer chip inside the cards, card owners merely have to quickly allow the card to be scanned on a RFID reader which is able to read the card right through a person’s wallet, even if their wallet is in their pocket. RFID thieves – as they call it – usually hang out in crowded areas where they can scan and steal information from RFID cards.
Meet the Flipside Wallet. A lot of thought was put into the design of this positive ‘vault’ which shields your cards from RFID theft. The fold up wallet shields your cards from RFID theft and also has a locking mechanism in place to ensure that the wallet closes securely and remains closed until you wish to open it. Although RFID theft doesn’t seem like too big of a threat now, we can slowly see that it is something we will see more of in the future as the trend is quickly swaying towards the use of smartcards for simplicity and convenience. Here’s a short video demo of the 2nd Generation Flipside Wallet.
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The wallets come in 3 different colours (Black, White and Orange). You can buy the Flipside Wallet here.