Daily Giz Wiz 450: Compaq Smart Card Keyboard

Episode 450 of the podcast

Compaq Smart Card Keyboard
Subject: Review of Compaq Smart Card Keyboard
Released:Friday 23 November 2007
Length:about 20 minutes
Download file:dgw0450.mp3 (9.3 MB)

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Short info

From the Gadget Warehouse: another wacky keyboard, the Compaq Smart Card keyboard.

Detailed information

In 2001, Compaq introduced the Smart Credit Card Internet Keyboard in an attempt to kick-start smart-card online shopping.  The keyboard came with an integrated smart card reader made by Gemplus, which allowed smart cards to be used for online services.

Visa created a Smart Visa card for online shopping, and the following year another company created the Netissimo service for log-ins to websites, for use with certain compatible Compaq Presario PC models (a similar service is provided by Power Logon, Episode 126).

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