The sound and feel of a crisp new twenty. The satisfying ‘chink’ of coin against coin. There’s a uniquely physical experience involved in a cash transaction. But now, with the spread of contactless and automatic electronic payments, the sensation of cash coming and going is almost lost. Which is why Studio New Deal Design has come up with a conceptual device that replaces cash.
The copper-finished Scrip lets consumers see, and feel, their spending. A numerical display shows the amount of cash the device is charged with. Users make purchases with a gesture that mimics a physical cash transaction and the device’s textured surface changes with the amount of cash being debited.
According to the designers, going cashless means “we are left with little time to think about what we are spending or whether we derive any sense of pleasure or pain from the transaction,” Hopefully, with a renewed awareness of the cash in our pockets, we’ll feel the gain rather than the pain.
Via. LSN Global