[kwlug-disc] Starbuck Mobile App (for payment) - sort of OT

John Johnson jvj at golden.net
Wed Jan 19 21:05:58 EST 2011

I have been told that that BlackBerry's can display a bar code that 
another BlackBerry can scan with its camera to set up BB2BB messaging 
aka BBM.
Displaying the bar-code to a scanner at a checkout is not that much of 
leap, assuming the bar-code is "in the system" and associated with a 
customer account. (Two way transactions are another matter altogether.)

On a side note, in the 1970's employees at a local manufacturer of 
banking and checkout machines (carefully avoiding the obvious word) were 
surveyed for their opinions on the optical scanning concept when it was 
in its infancy. What better way for multinational to conduct a 
hopefully, scientific survey than to solicit opinions from its employees 
around the world. The sample size alone would increase the confidence in 
survey. My kudos to that manufacturer.

I will toss in an "I don't know about Android" to mitigate the OT.



On 2011-01-19 13:45, Oksana Goertzen wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> Starbucks just released a mobile app for iPhone & Blackberry that lets
> you pay via a scan with the device.  Anyone have any concerns around
> this sort of thing or NFC's?  I think Android has had this capability for
> a while, no?  In a related vein, anyone using an RF shield for their 
> wallet?
> Cheers, Oksana
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