A simple design allowed to achieve a size roughly equal to a card
This small Sony device will allow to connect prepaid electronic cards to the iPhone or iPad. A free app will give you access to the balance and history and, apparently, charging the card will also be possible through the app.
The phone uses Bluetooth to connect to the card-reader which, in turn, uses RFID to talk to the card.
The PaSoRi—that’s the name—will read Suica (Japan Rail East’ contact-less card that most tourist will remember because of the lovely penguin) and Rakuten’s Edy card. It’s on the online retail giant that you’ll be able to buy it, starting “soon”.