Contactless Payment Jacket

Created by Carsten van Berkel and Stefan Leendertse of the Amsterdam-based N = 5 advertising agency, this contactless payment jacket enables people to donate 1€ to the wearer using their contactless smart card. That’s right, there’s a card reader sewn directly into the jacket, complete with an LCD screen that displays the instructions. “People have less cash in their pockets. And if you have a single euro on you and give it to a homeless person, then you do not know what happens to it. That’s one of the big advantages of the contactless payment jacket. You’re not giving cash to a total stranger to do with it what he pleases. Instead, the fixed sum (one euro) goes into a bank account managed by a homeless shelter, and can only be used to purchase a hot meal, pay for a bath or spend a night at a homeless shelter (many such centers in the Netherlands require a contribution of 5€ per night). Homeless people who really want to turn their life around can also save money for various job certification courses or a down-payment for a home. We can offer the homeless more than just a warm Christmas. We give them back prospects,” said Jan Jesse Bakker, designer of the jacket. Click here to view the first image in this week’s funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you shouldn’t let kids use Amazon Alexa.

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