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12-02-2009, 06:58 AM #1
Twitter Co-Founder Brings "Square" To The iPhone
The Register is out this morning with an interesting read on the new offering from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. Dorsey, it turns out, is behind a new mag-stripe reader for the iPhone.
Coming only days after the other Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said 2010 will finally be the year that Twitter proves profitable, hopefully Dorsey isn't moonlighting as a hardware developer to make ends meet until Twitter actually turns a profit
Dorsey's "Square" service comprises a magnetic strip reader balanced precariously on the bottom of an iPod Touch, or iPhone, along with an application which processes the transaction and e-mails a receipt. It's no wonder that VC's have already handed over $10m in cash and can't wait to give him more.
Those who choose to register with the service can also upload a photograph which is displayed on the iPhone's screen, but photographs on cards have been tried before with limited success. A particularly famous UK trial culminated with one trialist replacing their photograph with that of a gorilla, without raising an eyebrow when it was used.
Those questions and more remain to be answered. But it's a good sign that one of the creative minds behind Twitter is looking to the iPhone as a creative outlet for new software or hardware ideas that could ultimately trickle down to consumers in a widespread fashion.
Then again, so is everyone else.
Image via The Register
12-02-2009, 08:02 AM #2
Seems like this app may have potential. But i'd like to see more photos of how this looks when it's connected to the iPhone. The picture in this article, has the guy's hand blocking part of the phone so you can't really see it. I thought this piece would connect through the charging port of the phone not audio?
12-02-2009, 08:58 AM #3
Looks like it's connected to the audio port on a touch? Pretty cool idea, but not sure if it will be a big hit - maybe in apple stores where the people walk around with their phones out typing your name into them for appointments - god that's annoying.
12-02-2009, 09:02 AM #4
from the looks of the picture the "Square" is at the bottom of the phone, which the headphone jack is not (at least on a 2G phone). The reason it would be in the headphone jack is because it works like a fax and is processed/transmitted like dialup/fax via audio waves. very interesting products, but just another piece of hardware to lose or break imho
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12-02-2009, 09:31 AM #5
Nice until its built into the 4G
12-02-2009, 09:47 AM #6
12-02-2009, 09:55 AM #7
I got wind of the Square months ago but havent heard anything about release info nor do I notice it in the article. Really need this one.
12-02-2009, 11:10 AM #8
If I was them I would have used the Bluetooth interface. It looks very fragile as is and I worry about the wear on the connects for stuff that is used periodically. Bluetooth is ideal for things like this that only need low bandwidth and they could style it more and offer it for other phones too.
12-02-2009, 12:41 PM #9
Swipe a card? Signature?
Do you guys still use those?
I believe they are still used as a backup in the UK but the card companies don't guarantee payments using them. Without Chip'n'Pin it is useless in the UK.He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
12-02-2009, 01:33 PM #10
I think that could a possible evolution of this kind of hardware.
Last edited by PaperCross; 12-02-2009 at 01:39 PM.
12-02-2009, 04:14 PM #11
I want one even though I don't have a credit cardAsking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
12-02-2009, 05:14 PM #12
"To unpathed waters, undreamed shores." -- William Shakespeare
12-02-2009, 05:16 PM #13
12-02-2009, 11:19 PM #14
seems bulky and archaickillall Terminal
12-03-2009, 09:41 AM #15
Do ineed to remind anyone of the breathalyzer that someone built into/onto their iphone...This is getting a lil' ridiculous...
12-03-2009, 10:35 AM #16
He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
12-03-2009, 02:54 PM #17
too bad this guy didn't actually invent anything at all.. geohot made one of these a long time ago.
12-03-2009, 06:28 PM #18
It's really that hard to type 16 digits on a touch screen?