Starbucks Japan Launches A Special Pen That Lets You Pay For Coffee

Starbucks Japan Launches A Special Pen That Lets You Pay For Coffee

When it comes to paying for your drinks at Starbucks, there are several ways that you can go about doing it besides using cash or your credit card. There is the Starbucks app and Apple Pay, for example. However, it seems that over in Japan, Starbucks has come up with a new and novel way of paying for your drinks through a specially-created pen.

As you can see, the pen doesn’t look particularly special, but it contains the same tech used by the Starbucks card so you can just tap it at any of the Starbucks IC card touchpads and it will register your payment. Essentially it has NFC built into it, but instead of a card, it comes in a pen form.

Sony Launches The 40th Anniversary Walkman, But It's Not What You Expect

Sony Launches The 40th Anniversary Walkman, But It's Not What You Expect

These days as our smartphones are more than capable of playing music, there is really no need to have an external media player. However, despite having come so far, we suppose tribute needs to be paid to Sony’s Walkman, the iconic music player from way back in the day that kind of kicked off the trend of portable media entertainment.

In fact, to celebrate the Walkman turning 40 years old, Sony has launched at IFA what they are calling the 40th Anniversary Walkman, but it’s not what you think. If you were thinking that the company was going to debut a portable cassette player, think again because the device is essentially a modern day media player housed in a case that resembles the Walkman from back in the day.