Japanese technology goliath Sony has recently developed and announced a digital asset wallet which does not require a physical connection to a computer or mobile phone to make transactions.
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Sony is certainly a veteran in the technology development sector, creating many popular products in the film, photography, and video game industries — just to name a few.
This year has seen Sony’s first foray into blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, beginning with the development of a Digital Rights Management System which utilizes a blockchain system to track digital content.
On October 23, Sony’s Computer Science Labs (CSL) announced its flagship contactless digital asset wallet — which can be operated independently of a computer or smartphone.
The new Sony wallet comes in the form of an Integrated Circuit (IC) card, similar to an ATM or debit card.
Sony’s new digital asset wallet is different from some other popular models like those made by Trezor and Ledger, which require a USB connection to a PC in order to sign transactions and store private keys.
The contactless wallet design of Sony’s new hardware wallet is similar to the already released CoolWallet S from CoolBitX, which pairs to the users mobile phone through Bluetooth and is completely cordless — aside from the power charger.
The announcement does not specify exactly which cryptocurrencies will be supported but shows Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Ripple (XRP) being transacted in its infographic.
The other hardware wallets mentioned above all support a wide range of cryptocurrencies and tokens, and it would seem Sony’s new wallet will need to do the same in order to compete.
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