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Making mobile payments with a transformable card

The Geode comes in pieces

The Geode comes with an e-ink display

The programmable card

Fingerprint recognition adds secure element

Storing your credit cards

Adding new cards

A bulkly design

Entering the card information

iCache's Geode mobile payment system managed to drum up some buzz at the show, winning a CTIA award under the mobile commerce category. Pictured here are pre-production models that aren't an indication of the quality of the finished product.
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Like many other heavier iPhone covers, the Geode snaps together, enclosing the iPhone in a protective case. On the back is a sleeve for a programmable smart card, which can take on the identity of any one of your other credit and debit cards.
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The cover also packs an e-ink display on the back that can display the bar code of any loyalty program card, eliminating the need to carry around a bunch of cards on your keychain.
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You use the included iPhone app to choose which card to use, and the appropriate data is input into the programmable card. For security's sake, there is a time limit.
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The Geode comes with a biometric scanner, and the app won't actually work without an accurate thumbswipe. iCache says it plans to do more with that scanner down the line.
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You can store as many different credit cards as you want, and pull them up in quick fashion.
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Users can add new credit, debit, and loyalty cards, freeing them up from having to carry a bunch of cards in their wallets or purses.
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Given all of the hardware features on the Geode, the case is fairly large, and makes the usually svelte iPhone look fat. But that's the price for mobile payments.
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Each Geode unit comes with an attachable mag strip reader. Users can swipe their different cards to enter it into the system.
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