Sun Protection And Payments in One

Today it is common to be able to pay for items with a tap of your credit card, your phone or even your watch. What isn’t common is being able to pay for items with your sunglasses.

At the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival across Australia, prototype sunglasses will be used to pay for food and drinks. Starting from January 26 and finishing February 5 the festival will see attendees wearing WaveShades, made by Visa in partnership with Inamo.

Kate Peck with the visa pay wave sun glasses that will be used at the Laneway festival to purchase items. Photo by DAMIAN SHAW

Kate Peck with the visa pay wave sun glasses that will be used at the Laneway festival to purchase items

The glasses look like a pair of typical Ray Ban wayfarers however stuck to one of the arms is the chip that will allow tap and go payments which is also waterproof. Dance, drink, and be carefree without a purse or wallet, just don’t lose your sunnies!

Commenting on Inamo’s role in the creation of the WaveShades, Inamo’s founder and chief executive officer, Peter Colbert, said, “As an Australian start-up, we are honoured to be invited to provide the payment platform for Visa WaveShades. Using Inamo’s technology in sunglasses is a logical extension of our mission to move people’s wallets to a wearable”.

The sunnies will be available in limited numbers and they are just prototypes at this stage, so you won’t be able to rush out and buy one just yet. It is creative though, we’re keen to see where it goes.


Living in Sydney his entire life, Geoff has always had a close eye on technology. Through school and immediately after, tech held his focus. Attending University later in life, Geoff began his IT career immediately after leaving high school and has been in the industry ever since. In his spare time he launched a YouTube channel focused on consumer tech that had millions of views. This led to work on community radio talking tech every week and has now stepped him into the studios of 2GB / 4BC every Saturday helping people with tech problems and reviewing the latest gadgets.

When Geoff is looking away from the screen he can be found holding a glass of red wine, spending time with friends and/or watching the Formula 1.



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