Visa wants to allow you to pay for things at the 2018 Winter Olympics using what?

Answer: Your gloves.

by / November 9, 2017

In case you were worried about the cold temperatures at this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang making it too inconvenient for you to pull out your wallet and spend money, you can now rest easy thanks to a new solution from Visa. Beginning Thursday, Nov. 9, the company will be rolling out payment-enabled gloves, pins and stickers at Olympic Superstores and Visa vending machines in Korea.

The system was designed with both attendees and athletes in mind. All you have to do is tap your gloved hand — or your pinned or stickered ... whatever you’ve placed them on — at a contactless payment terminal, and you’re good to go. The tech in the wearables can be loaded with prepaid amounts of $27 or $45 for the pin and gloves, and a maximum of $180 for the sticker.

“We are looking forward to transforming the payment experience for everyone who attends the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang,” said Visa’s Korea country manager, Iain Jamieson, in a statement. “At Visa, we have been working tirelessly to ensure all of the Olympic venues are equipped with the very latest payment capabilities to provide the best experience possible for all of our clients and guests.”

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