Recently, two new Blackberry phones (Bold 9900 and the Curve 936) have received approval from Mastercard for Near Field Communication (NFC) payments. The NFC enables handsets allow users to wave their phone at a PayPass checkout station at participating retailers. Currently, PayPass is available in 350,000 locations including McDonald’s, CVS, Macy’s and Walgreens.
What does this have to do with purchasing items on your Xbox?
An app currently in development, called QkR, reads QR codes from TV screens and prompts the user to purchase an item. Working exclusively with Microsoft, QkR works with Xbox Kinect, allowing users to wave their hands at an icon at the corner of the TV screen to purchase items. Once the item is purchased, the receipt will be sent to the QkR app on the users mobile device. Although this Xbox Kinect application is currently in development, this is something IdentityMine can definitely see coming to a couch near you.
IdentityMine also develops similar interactive applications for the Xbox Kinect, and we predict gesture controls will be used in retail environments and homes much more in the future.