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Smart Wallets React To Spending By Shrinking

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the smaller-by-the-hour dept.

The Almighty Buck 98

fangmcgee writes "These high-tech wallets are digitally programmed to react to your bank account levels by shrinking in size, refusing to open, or vibrating whenever a transaction is processed. From the article: 'The Proverbial Wallets come in three attractive styles to fit your spending needs: The Mother Bear has a constricting hinge that makes it harder to open the closer you approach your monthly budget, while the Bumblebee buzzes every time a transaction is processed. The Peacock inflates and deflates with the amount of cash in your account, which puts your assets on “display” for potential mates, according to the designers.'"

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for foursquare users... (1)

datapharmer (1099455) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431356)

I think the peacock will be great - just use javascript to market to foursquare users. Privacy be damned.

Re:for foursquare users... (2)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432854)

"The Peacock inflates and deflates with the amount of cash in your account, which puts your assets on “display” for potential mates, according to the designers."

I guess if you're Bill Gates, it doubles as a hot-air baloon.

Re:for foursquare users... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34435834)

No, if you're Bill Gates it doubles as a small moon.

Re:for foursquare users... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#34436518)

No, if you're Bill Gates it doubles as a small moon.

Thats no moon.

Re:for foursquare users... (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#34440452)

"Vibrate whenever a transaction is processed".

If chick's find out about this technology, we'll never get them out of stores...

And a fourth model... (2)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431364)

"The Parasite". Sniffs the local wireless traffic for your bank account details when the wallet queries for your balance...

Seriously though, they better secure these things properly, because it sounds cool and people won't care until it's too late. And because I won't let myself get anything like this until I know it's secure, but I want one!

Re:And a fourth model... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34431392)

It's with the banks. I assure you, it won't.

They send documents around (including outside of their own servers) with SSNs/etc, via email.

Re:And a fourth model... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34436982)

"All three working prototypes connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth, so they can monitor your bank-account activity in real time."

Looks like you are not in the market for this product.

Re:And a fourth model... (1)

angiasaa (758006) | more than 3 years ago | (#34438342)

I'd guess the bank details don't get sent to the wallet. More like a server somewhere processes what the wallet should do, and then tells the wallet to do it. The wallet obediently does what it's told.

It'd be immensely silly for them to build technology that actively computes stuff, into every wallet. That would be economically blasphemous!

What makes more sense is to have many chips embedded to do the work and one server somewhere to rule them all!

No doubt, some hacker somewhere would reprogram their Peacock wallets to over-inflate and explode catastrophically when a suitable female walks past. But if you have the money to blow up wallets, your cash reserves would probably blow them up anyway. Chicken or Egg?

Re:And a fourth model... (1)

teachknowlegy (1003477) | more than 3 years ago | (#34453404)

Or the "Wife" model, which will hide the cash from you in the exact amounts of either what she wants from you or to just below the amount you need for yourself, whichever irritates you more! An optional feature on the Wife model is an integrated credit card that grows in debt without any discernible benefit.

The Bumblebee is the funnest (1)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431370)

Bumblebee. Great for watching your spouse.

Re:The Bumblebee is the funnest (1)

phayes (202222) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431770)

A wallet that buzzes when a transaction is processed. Now I wonder where a spouse searching for stimulation could put that...

Re:The Bumblebee is the funnest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34433674)

Well if you're rich, it wouldnt fit because your wallet is too big....

You would have to pay her "fee" then your wallet would shrink and things commence.

Re:The Bumblebee is the funnest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34438930)

I've been doing it totally wrong.

Re:The Bumblebee is the funnest (1)

asticia (1623063) | more than 3 years ago | (#34447304)

I don't need wallet for tracking transactions, my mobile serves the same purpose when it receives notification from bank. And yes, it buzzes too :-p

It should... (2)

baresi (950718) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431374)

...start shrunk and remain so

1/0 (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34431380)

The high-tech - and no doubt expensive - wallet will respond to its own purchase by collapsing into a singularity.

Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (4, Insightful)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431398)

How about adding 'Economic Responsibility, Saving and Budgeting' to our Elementary school's course curriculum?
This would go a whole lot farther than a wallet that sends and electric shock every time you overdraw your account with a $5 latte.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

characterZer0 (138196) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431606)

How about adding 'Economic Responsibility, Saving and Budgeting' to our Elementary school's course curriculum?

Right, because what your 3rd grade teacher says for a few hours will definitely outweigh what your parents and society will be showing you by example for two decades.

I mean, it has worked so well to fix violence, grammar, and health.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431784)

Well, do you really think we are better off with no education about our finances?

And, you could argue that we are a less-violent, better-educated and healthier society than we were decades ago.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

RobDude (1123541) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432146)

Healthier? Not really. Certainly not as a result of education. Better working conditions, stricter regulations maybe. But education? No. We're fattier than ever and happy to be.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431894)

A few hours is better than nothing -- which is what most people get.

You can't force parents to do their job, such a short course would guarantee everyone has at least the dimmest clue.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 3 years ago | (#34433650)

Someone on a fark thread said it best: (paraphrasing)

Financial education in this country is having the Citibank VISA booth next to the registration desk during Frosh week.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

petik (887539) | more than 3 years ago | (#34437620)

You can't force parents to do their job, such a short course would guarantee everyone has at least the dimmest clue.

Why can't you force parents to do their job? Enforcing current parental accountability laws and perhaps adding a few might help. Heck, make the parental tax relief directly dependent on child's performance in school, on the road, obeying law, etc. Parents might start paying more attention when it hits their wallet.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

RsG (809189) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432726)

You're assuming he meant something like sex-ed, where it's an optional side-course that gets taught to kids once, and never brought up again. Whereas I read "add to curriculum" to mean something more akin to basic coursework, i.e. you're taught it more than once and in more detail. And yes, that stuff does stick, albeit only if you find ways to use it in life.

Frankly, the school system could use a "life skills" branch in addition to the basic language/math/science/history you're compelled to take. Not just finances, but also really simple, useful stuff that most people otherwise end up learning in their twenties on their own, like how to do basic domestic repairs, how to interpret nutritional data, how to administer basic first aid, etc. Stuff everyone needs to know.

Also, re: fixing violence, grammar and health. The first example is actually counterproductive to your argument, given that the rate of youth violence has been dropping for decades. I doubt this has anything to do with the school system, but the notion that violence is worse today than it was in an earlier era is pure nostalgic fiction. Grammar I'm not even going to bother with. Health, however, I think you've got a valid point.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#34443504)

the school system could use a "life skills" branch

Where I went to school, this information was split between the required "health" and the elective "home economics".

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34432770)

It has largely worked for indoctrinating kids about recycling and other environmental views.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (3, Insightful)

characterZer0 (138196) | more than 3 years ago | (#34434356)

It sure did. It taught them if you carry your plastic packaged prepared food from the store to your SUV that you drove two miles to the grocery store in a reusable bag, you are saving the planet.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 3 years ago | (#34433002)

Right, because what your 3rd grade teacher says for a few hours will definitely outweigh what your parents and society will be showing you by example for two decades.

It's not that hard to do. Show people getting screwed by scams and similar things. Play games that involve considerable deception. Show the suck that happens when you spend outside your budget. It won't stick to everyone, but a lot of people can get the clue.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

NateTech (50881) | more than 3 years ago | (#34440998)

How's that going to work? The whole county got scammed (and is still) that $300K cardboard contruction boxes (houses) are a good "investment".

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 3 years ago | (#34441252)

How's that going to work? The whole county got scammed (and is still) that $300K cardboard contruction boxes (houses) are a good "investment".

I just told you one way to do that. Education won't prevent every scam or financial problem, especially if the person wants to be scammed.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

hosecoat (877680) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432328)

Agreed, a "Life Skills" class should taught at every grade.

Covering topics such as:

  1. 1. First Aid
  2. 2. Know your rights
  3. 3. Job skills (resume, interviews)
  4. 4. How to do your taxes

    etc

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432608)

5. Profit?

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 3 years ago | (#34433774)

That's my job.

I've got two kids and I don't let the school system take responsibility for their education. That's my job. They're little so they don't know a lot of First Aid. (Mostly how to avoid requiring it and get an adult) They do know the One Rule: Don't Panic. I didn't spend this much time, energy, and money, let alone the energy expended by all my ancestors to even get a walk-on part on the stage, just to let the lowest bidders with tenure do a half-assed job then shrug my shoulders if MY KIDS didn't live up to their potential.

The buck stops with me and by extension my wife. Anything my kids don't know is MY FAULT.

You forgot nutrition and exercise; covered under etc, but obesity is a killer.

As for taxes, this isn't 1851, Moby Dick. We use computers for this shit now.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

hosecoat (877680) | more than 3 years ago | (#34533854)

"That's my job."

I wish more parents would step up to the job

Even though I agree that parents should teach this information, the fact that few people know this information shows that it's not being done. I am not worried about my kids knowing this information, but society would be better if other peoples kids knew this information. If I know first aid, I can save your life. If I am incapacitated, who can save mine? That is the reason I think it should also be taught in school, to increase the number of people who have this information.

It's easier for the government to take away people's rights, when most don't know what they are.

My point is solely that teaching kids this information would be more beneficial to society then having them memorize dates and teaching them what happened on April 11, 1954.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 3 years ago | (#34433368)

How about adding 'Economic Responsibility, Saving and Budgeting' to our Elementary school's course curriculum?
This would go a whole lot farther than a wallet that sends and electric shock every time you overdraw your account with a $5 latte.

LOL.

My elementary school had one. So did my Junior High.

Let's see if it worked. Are people my age generally thrifty and not up to their arsenecks in debt? Um... NOPE!

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | more than 3 years ago | (#34433772)

How about adding 'Economic Responsibility, Saving and Budgeting' to our Elementary school's course curriculum?

The schools do teach this. My daughter is in 7th grade, and has a "life skills" course, where she has to make a budget, balance a checkbook, write a resume, go to a simulated job interview, and lots of other basic skills.

It is an elective course, but probably should be mandatory.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34433860)

It has nothing to do with responsibility, it has to do with the 'curb appeal' of cheap credit. (Thankfully, that's changing - rapidly.)

Most people are at least responsible enough to not overdraw their accounts. Where it bites them is where they don't plan well, far enough ahead - and most people are insufferable optimists when it comes to their own fate. Most people operate on a day-to-day basis for almost everything: eating, drinking, sleeping, shelter. They'll over-spend (by putting on credit) with the expectation that tomorrow will be a brighter day. What they don't realize (subconsciously) is that those bills will start piling up when they don't get the pay raise they were expecting, their car breaks down, the roof starts to leak, and so on.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

psithurism (1642461) | more than 3 years ago | (#34436082)

How about adding 'Economic Responsibility, Saving and Budgeting' to our Elementary school's course curriculum?

That is an awesome idea. I recommend high school though so it will be fresh in the kids minds when they graduate and start dealing with this stuff without parental intervention. My economics teacher devoted a third of our course to this and I think I benefited a lot from that.

However, I don't think it can happen. Banks make money when you borrow, businesses make more money when you spend ruthlessly. Unlike the kids, who would have benefited, these parties have money for the "don't brainwash our children!" campaign and associated lobbyists. I think we will continue to sell useless devices to teach kids to not buy so many useless devices.

Re:Instead of 'Smart Wallets' (1)

pclminion (145572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34436700)

Yes, if only we had some way of constantly knowing where we stand with respect to our weekly budget. Something that lets us know from minute to minute whether we're on target for what we've planned. Something like a wallet that provides feedback. Ah, yes. If only we had such a thing.

What kind of fucked up thought process lead you to make the above ridiculous comment? Are you suggesting that people who track their budget via a mobile phone are similarly financially ignorant? Or are you implying that we should keep a running balance in our heads at all times and not rely on anything else? Is doing long-hand addition on paper forbidden as well under your bizarre restrictions? Or are you instead suggesting that we go off of "gut feel" -- that sounds REALLY wise.

Back pocket? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34431430)

That can't be very comfortable...

Not Entirely Crazy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34431444)

My first thought was that these were useless gimmicks until the article reminded me how credit and debit cards disconnect us from feedback on how much we spend. Now I've got to admit that this attempts to tackle a legitimate problem. I still suspect these wallets will be pricey enough to be in the "expensive novelty" range, but I'm not willing to write them off entirely. It'll also help if electronic devices move to standard inductive charging since the notion of having to regularly plug a charger into a wallet for this bit of feedback seems like too much of a hassle; allowing the owner to just toss it on a mat next to their cellphone makes it more viable.

Re:Not Entirely Crazy (2)

shadowfaxcrx (1736978) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431816)

It does try to address a legitimate problem, but I think people will get them with good intentions and then a month or two later end up bypassing the alerts. If I set myself a monthly budget of 2 grand, but I have 4 coming in, I'm eventually going to get annoyed at the hard-to-open wallet.

Re:Not Entirely Crazy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34432286)

It does try to address a legitimate problem

You mean incompetence? stupidity?
There will always be morons who spend too much and those who save too much. There is no gimmicky device that will help tame the masses.

We need better financial education in High Schools period. That will go a lot farther than this retarded device.

Re:Not Entirely Crazy (1)

shadowfaxcrx (1736978) | more than 3 years ago | (#34433154)

Education doesn't help. People do dumb things all the time despite having been "educated" that they're dumb. We all know it's dumb to tailgate, but the majority of drivers do it all the time.

As they say in the south, "you can't fix stupid."

Re:Not Entirely Crazy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34432542)

It does try to address a legitimate problem, but I think people will get them with good intentions and then a month or two later end up bypassing the alerts.

That's why I think the peacock seems to be the best of the three designs despite being billed as a means of flaunting your wealth. Instead of discrete alerts or obnoxious "hinge games", it just provides straight-forward, continuous feedback. It seems to be the closest counterpart to the classic cash feedback: being able to open your wallet and see a bunch of unallocated, unspent $20s available after you've already set aside your rent payment and grocery money.

So I'd lean toward a variation of the peacock's feedback that's designed more for giving feedback to the user rather than feedback to others nearby. Maybe instead of inflating the wallet, it could raise or reveal fake bills within the bill portion of the wallet.

Re:Not Entirely Crazy (1)

shadowfaxcrx (1736978) | more than 3 years ago | (#34433186)

The flip side to that is that when the peacock is inflated, the thinking will be "Well hell! I got plenty'a cash! Think I'll buy that useless $100 widget after all!"

Re:Not Entirely Crazy (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#34434564)

It does try to address a legitimate problem, but I think people will get them with good intentions and then a month or two later end up bypassing the alerts.

Nothing wrong with that. The point is to let you know how close to the limit you are, not to, in any way whatsoever, impede you from spending your money. Some people blow by their limit without even noticing. The only purpose of the wallet is to provide information. If you want to spend your money, that's fine, just make it a fully informed decision.

Re:Not Entirely Crazy (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432132)

mint.com

your phone does ALL of what the wallet does except the stupid "harder to open" function.

hackers (1)

Tom (822) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431460)

Cool. I hope those "inflating to impress the girls" ones become common. Hacking one should be trivial. :-)

Wow, gotta have it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34431512)

How much and do you take Visa?

Not smart enough (1)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431546)

I propose a smart wallet be given free of charge to everyone in Congress that would drive a stake through the spot where one would normally find a heart.

Re:Not smart enough (1)

ffreeloader (1105115) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431858)

I think both the Senate and the House each need one that's tied to a balanced budget. Once they start to borrow money, or pass unfunded legislation, it will take 102 Senators, or 500 Representatives, depending on which body of Congress is wanting to spend more money than we have.

Re:Not smart enough (0)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432176)

Better solution, every dollar they are over the budget, paintball riflemen shoot in the head each senator. It will stop as soon as they hit zero or go positive. To start with they will probably have to install paint pumps in the floors to keep the senators from drowning..

Wait.... Skip the pumps.

Re:Not smart enough (0)

shurikt (734896) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432970)

I think you should apply that to yourself as well. Time to give back the car and the house, though, since you didn't have the cash on hand to buy it outright...

Re:Not smart enough (1)

ffreeloader (1105115) | more than 3 years ago | (#34441286)

I think you should apply that to yourself as well. Time to give back the car and the house, though, since you didn't have the cash on hand to buy it outright...

Ohhh.... So clever. Let's see just how clever you really are.

My wife and I have a total debt of less than 25% of our yearly income(ability to create wealth).

Now let's look at the US debt load.

The published debt of the US is 89%($13 trillion) of its GDP($14+ trillion). However, that is only a drop in the bucket compared to our real debt. The US government has unfunded liabilities, according to the Dallas Federal Reserve, of more than $104 trillion. Other experts put that number at approximately $120 trillion. So, what's our real debt? Somewhere between $118 and $133 trillion. That is a debt that is 8-9 times larger, depending on whose numbers you use, than all the wealth produced in the US in one year.

To put these numbers in perspective, the Federal Reserve says that the total net worth of all US citizens is $50 trillion. That means if we sold all private property in the US we couldn't even pay off half of our debt. We would still owe in the range of $68-$83 trillion.

Your logic is a total fail....

Re:Not smart enough (1)

Stone Rhino (532581) | more than 3 years ago | (#34456528)

Those unfunded liabilities are spread over many years, so it's disingenuous to compare them to a single year of GDP.

Is that a wallet in your pocket? (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431560)

(...)

My wallet (1)

russotto (537200) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431636)

The Costanza. A trifold full of receipts, transit tickets, singles, and other stuff. It's to "The Peacock" what a hairpiece is to hair.

New product!!! (1)

Psychophrenes (1600027) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431706)

We're also releasing the Care-free Fedora! This new model shrinks more and more as you reach your daily thought quota. If you're starting to have personal opinions, an HD tv-screen comes up in front of your eyes and cannot be switched off or removed for 12 hours! But here's the best feature of this item : if you try to formulate disagreement or political opinions, or try to remove the hat, a mecanical arm reaches out and puts a bullet in your brain! To add a nice touch, it even places the gun in your hand to disguise it as suicide. Buy now! Hurry!

Smart Wallets, nice (3, Insightful)

Bobfrankly1 (1043848) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431728)

Now if we only had smart consumers.
Good thing we don't have smart boxers or briefs though. After you spend, it shrinks...could be painful.

For those that aren't willing to read (2)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431766)

There are actually three types - one that shrinks and grows, one that vibrates for every transaction, and, my personal favorite, one that becomes harder and harder to open as you approach a limit. That kind of tactile feedback forces you to realize where you are each month. It's small, but if you make something harder to open, people are definitely less likely to do so even if overcomable. The problem is that by the time you're getting out your wallet it's usually too late, so the Costanza-esque model is probably most useful. The biggest issue is the requirement for a constant Bluetooth link to your phone using your data plan. No need to have a near-constant stream of data, especially when you're trying to cut costs.

Re:For those that aren't willing to read (1)

NateTech (50881) | more than 3 years ago | (#34441026)

Until we get past the idea of a MONTHLY budget, we're all screwed anyway. You need to know where you are for the year, the next five years, the rest of your life.

This thing is just a widget to part fools with their money so they'll THINK they're saving more money, just like most of the "financial" books on the shelves at booksellers.

Living below your means, means NOT buying one of these retarded things, probably. Or more succinctly, "What would you give up to have one of these?"

The vibration mode (1)

Picardo85 (1408929) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431804)

must work quite well if you want to use it for something "else" while beeing with a prostitute :)

Hmmmmm.... (1)

phayes (202222) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431828)

So the peacock wallet is a little like a loincloth where the more "assets" you have the more it "puts your assets on “display” for potential mates"?

Theft? (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431848)

The Peacock inflates and deflates with the amount of cash in your account, which puts your assets on “display” for potential mates,

I'm sure pickpockets would appreciate this feature as well.

Wallets are not fucking smart. (1)

EnsilZah (575600) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431960)

Chips are not fucking smart, cards are not fucking smart, materials are not fucking smart, a person may or may not be smart, an animal like a dog might be smart, inanimate objects are not smart or intelligent or clever or fucking astute!

Re:Wallets are not fucking smart. (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#34434854)

Chips are not fucking smart, cards are not fucking smart, materials are not fucking smart, a person may or may not be smart, an animal like a dog might be smart, inanimate objects are not smart or intelligent or clever or fucking astute!

Generalizing: Things with decision making capabilities may be smart. Things without, cannot.

Furthermore, smart is relative. There can be smart dogs, but they're smart compared to your average pooch. They're really not very bright by human standards, but nonetheless, are smart dogs.

Now, what do you call an item with an electronic device capable of reacting to information in a way that most items of the same class cannot?

Someone who is fucking astute can see the legitimate use for the phrase "smart " in such circumstances.

Re:Wallets are not fucking smart. (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#34434924)

...the phrase "smart " in such circumstances.

And the comment system ate my "<item>" in "smart <item>", because it is not smart. :p

Stupid (1)

gweihir (88907) | more than 3 years ago | (#34431962)

I don't see these things doing anything except getting on their users nerves and wasting money.

Re:Stupid (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 3 years ago | (#34433398)

I don't see these things doing anything except getting on their users nerves and wasting money.

They'l make great presents for people you don't really like, and the great thing is, it will seem like a really awesome gift at first, just like the rings of power!

How about a Golden Wallet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34432020)

The Golden Wallet would shrink as the Federal Reserve Notes in your bank account lose value.

Spot price of gold right now ... $1408.50 / oz. Up $22.60 in the first few hours of trading today.

Re:How about a Golden Wallet? (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#34435242)

The Golden Wallet would shrink as the Federal Reserve Notes in your bank account lose value.

Spot price of gold right now ... $1408.50 / oz. Up $22.60 in the first few hours of trading today.

How does that compare to the price of wheat, or some other commodity that more accurately reflects the value of a dollar?

Re:How about a Golden Wallet? (1)

benjamindees (441808) | more than 3 years ago | (#34439070)

How does that compare to the price of wheat, or some other commodity that more accurately reflects the value of a dollar?

It hasn't quite matched the tsunami of incompetent monetary policy [indexmundi.com] that struck in 07/08, but it's getting there. Wheat has gone up 50% in six months.

It's all cute and clever... (2)

Gnaget (1043408) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432112)

...Until you get pulled over on your way back from buying a new HDTV, and you can't pull out your license. "Sorry officer, my wallet won't let me comply with your orders" will not be a valid excuse.

Oh shit (1)

lemmis_86 (1135345) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432190)

Oh shit! They have wasted their valuable time to create a... crappy wallet? Get some real money instead, problem solved, and your privacy remains protected (banks cannot follow up on all transactions as they can when paying with cards).

Are you guys crazy or what? (1)

blai (1380673) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432196)

Just take with you a wallet with only coins in it (aka "coin purse"). It has the following advantages:
- It does shrink in size as you run out of money
- It also decreases in mass as you run out of money.
- It limits the types of money you will be spending. For example, you won't be going out for dinner with coins, thus eliminating your optional expenditures altogether.


Also, limit your monthly withdrawal to $500 from chequing and $1500 from savings. If your bank doesn't allow you, switch banks.

Re:Are you guys crazy or what? (1)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432738)

Are you aware that Americans don't generally use coins worth more than 0.25 dollars? Very few coins worth more than a quarter dollar are even minted.

Re:Are you guys crazy or what? (1)

pthor1231 (885423) | more than 3 years ago | (#34433590)

2008 quarters minted - 2,438,200,000 - source 2008 dollar coins minted - 464,480,000 - source [wikipedia.org] Granted, the amount of minted dollar coins is roughly only 20% of what the quarter mintage is, and then you have to add in pennies dimes and nickels, they are still minted in a large amount. Americans just simply refuse to use coins.

Re:Are you guys crazy or what? (1)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 3 years ago | (#34435334)

Comparing just the 2008 mintage doesn't tell the whole story. You need to compare mintage figures over the last 30 years or so, weighting for probability of coins being taken out of circulation, etc.

In fact, there were 0 $1 coins minted from 1982 to 1998 - but something like 20 billion quarters.

Of course, the fact that Americans don't like coins is a big contributor. They also don't like $2 bills, which is why you hardly ever see them outside of a collection, even though they were printed heavily in the late 70s.

Re:Are you guys crazy or what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34433322)

Yeah, that's what I want. My bank to limit my access to my money.

Or I could just be responsible and not spend too much. On top of that I'll put everything on a credit card and earn cash back too.

It's really not that hard to be responsible with money.

Re:Are you guys crazy or what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34437936)

My bank gives me a free, internet only account for my savings. I get paid into it just like a normal account, but there's no direct method of withdrawing from it.

To access it, I have to log in and make a transfer to my transaction account. I could set up automatic recurring transfers if I wanted to, which would achieve a similar result to what blai suggests but without the drawback of being denied access to my own money.

I was about to buy one... (1)

Clueless Moron (548336) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432208)

...but the "this is a stupid waste of money" buzzer in my head went off.

Finally, I can spend wisely (1)

larko (665714) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432282)

All I need is this new gadget!

Hopefully it closes automatically if I try to buy another one.

Frivolous purchase (2)

HalAtWork (926717) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432370)

Ironic that the smart wallet itself is a frivolous purchase... who's in the market for this exactly? I know people like to cram in tech wherever they can, but this is extremely superfluous.

The Buddy Hackett Model? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34432714)

When you rub it it turns into a suitcase...

I already have one of these, I guess. (1)

ma1wrbu5tr (1066262) | more than 3 years ago | (#34432802)

When I take money out, my wallet gets a little smaller. When I put some back in, it gets a little bigger. What's so smart about that? Wouldn't mind the vibrator function, though. Could be useful for those days when my wife is being a pain in the ass.

informEative CUMCUM (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34433482)

is busy i8frighting turned over to yet

I am getting old, but not that old yet (1)

al0ha (1262684) | more than 3 years ago | (#34433616)

And still, this seems sooooooooo stupid; thus perhaps perfect for unabashed consumerism.

Cool "we-can-do-this, so-we-did-it" thing... (1)

Khoa (935586) | more than 3 years ago | (#34433716)

... but. How about just connect your bank accounts to your smart phones and use the phones as currency? We'd need short-range data transmission technology (with adequate encryptions and securities). That way, we can see our balance live and put up safety measures that prevents spending. The technology is already there.

Who needs the LHC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34433990)

I'd get the Peacock, but it would probably form a singularity. ;-)

Sitck-up (1)

SmithKrieg (954547) | more than 3 years ago | (#34434084)

Criminals will be thrilled that their high-value targets are identifying themselves. But I guess the kind of guy who gets the "Peacock" is already wearing a fur coat and leather hat anyway...

Just great (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34435354)

The size of the wallet is based on my bank balance?!? Now I'll NEVER be able to find my wallet!

Rowling-esque (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34435976)

This sounds like something J. K. Rowling could have invented.

Ugly and nosy (1)

Issity (1625919) | more than 3 years ago | (#34436970)

They look ugly. They read your bank balance. No wai!

The first thing it does (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34438448)

is shrink to the point that it doesn't exist after observing you shell out the cash for it.

Perforated Moolah (1)

jman.org (953199) | more than 3 years ago | (#34443068)

The good thing about an electronic wallet is you don't have to worry about making change.

I'd fanatasized at one time about a form of paper money in a basic denomination that could 'majically' adhere to itself, through some sort of magnetic or velcro-ish property.

So, no need to break that $20; you'd just tear off what you need.

Of course, if you carried around large amounts of cash it would get difficult to fold.

Re: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34451628)

IT'S A TRAP!!!

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