PayPal Here is an amazing device you can put into your iPhone's earphone jack that allows you to use your phone as a credit card reader.
The blue little triangle is PayPal Here. In order to use this, you need to have an PayPal account, iPhone with PayPal Here app, and the card reader device. The official website is helpful to get more details.
They also have a short video that explains how it'll be used on the website. Here are a few screenshots from the video.
A girl comes to a nice little street coffee vender. But sadly, she finds out she doesn't have any cash on her. All she has is her credit card. She thinks she is in trouble as usually street venders don't have cashier and won't accept a credit card.
However, the guy holds his iPhone out to the girl, and there it is, PayPal Here. Just like a real cashier, all he needs to do is tap on the coffee she wants to buy.
Then the girl signs on the iPhone screen to finish the process. This definitely feels like the future, doesn't it?
Not only street venders like this one in the video, but many other small stores and restaurants that can't afford many cashiers would love this, too. Naturally, we wonder about its safety, but this technology seems like something that keeps developing and eventually changes our lives drastically.
Translation by Tsukasa Kondo