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Visa's Olympic NFC Payments Ring Goes on Sale

Alex Spencer

Visa NFC ringVisa has made its NFC payment ring, which debuted at the Rio 2016 Games on the fingers of Visa-sponsored athletes, available for public pre-order.

The rings, using a design by McLear & Co including a secure microchip made by Gemalto and an embedded NFC antenna, can be used to pay anywhere that accepts contactless payments, as well unlocking the wearer's smartphone and transferring data via NFC.

After an initial setup, the ring doesn't need to be connected to a mobile device in order to make each payment, and doesn't have a battery, which means no need for charging.

The ring costs £39.99, and is set to ship to customers in December 2016.