Geometry fans will be excited: A triangle is about to do battle with a square. Yves Behar has designed the new PayPal Here device, a triangular, swipe-accepting dongle that plugs into your iPhone. It's stiff competition for the Square, the incumbent credit-card-swiping phone plug-in that doesn't have PayPal's monstrous infrastructure behind it.
While the device looks a bit strange—that part on the front that moves, presumably to uncover the swipe channel, looks like it's going to fall off, no?—the demo of how it works seems pretty smooth:
As a merchant I probably would not want you to put your disgusting fingers all over my smartphone, but this does seem a much more elegant way to perform a transaction than having to sign a slip of paper. Bic and the companies that make receipt paper and receipt printers ought to start looking into alternate forms of revenue.
PayPal and fuseproject have also put together a little video purporting to show the design process. While the video commits a pet peeve of mine—there's no explanatory narrative that could provide some insight—we do get to see the boatload of sketches Behar and co. went through to arrive at the final form: