Reinventing the wallet, UWE design graduate develops wallet of the future

Issue date: 05 August 2015


A UWE Bristol Creative Product Design (CPD) graduate has produced a slim line alternative to the traditional wallet, capable of safely carrying up to 8 cards and notes, whilst simultaneously protecting contactless cards from fraud.

James Dunlop, founder of imossi, that produces the wallets, graduated with a first in CPD in 2006. Since then he has worked on a number of design projects, including an eco-friendly tent made from recycled plastic and recycled cardboard, designed to combat the vast amount of discarded tents at music festivals around the world. James is now working to bring the N1 wallet to life via the crowdfunding website KickStarter.

The rise of contactless payments means people are carrying less cash than ever before - with many relying on no more than a few bank cards. Unfortunately, along with the advent of contactless technology, comes a new wave of sophisticated fraud: criminals who can steal credit card data with electronic scanners without touching the people they are targeting. The new threat exists because of the radio-frequency identification chips (RFID) or Near Field Communication (NFC) chips that are starting to be embedded in credit and debit cards.

James' N1 wallet attempts to combat this threat, as it is made from a single piece of anodized aluminium, a material that blocks the data from being scanned.

James says, “I wanted to create something that was simple yet eye catching, but most importantly, protected the consumer against RFID fraud. The N1 is machined from a single piece of aluminium block and is uniform cut, giving it precise, symmetrical edges that we hope will suit those looking for a wallet that is both beautiful and functional in equal measure.

“The N1 is slightly bigger than a credit card and has a woven elastic strap that allows you to securely store 6-8 cards and bank notes, and the interchangeable straps come in an array of colours for customisation.

“And last, but of course by no means least, the N1 also offers that little something extra - an integrated bottle opener for when you're caught short. A simple addition that we hope will make life that little bit easier.”

The imossi team have launched the N1 on Kickstarter. In doing so James is excited to make the N1 publicly available, as pledgers have the chance to be one of the first to get their hands on their very own N1 wallet.

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