A new accessory could see retail staff armed with Apple iPod Touch devices, as it enables shop assistants to take payment from credit and story loyalty cards. 

Honeywell’s Captuvo SL22 encases the iPod Touch and is fitted with the company’s Adapted Imaging Technology 6.0 that makes it possible for the iPod Touch to be used to read barcodes on products as well as the magnetic strips found on the back of credit and loyalty cards.

Though used by the retailer, Honeywell claims the Captuvo SL22 will help enhance the consumer’s shopping experience by speeding up payment processes and also by providing on the spot access to the internet, should they wish to see a price comparison.

“It’s designed for retailers, but it really benefits customers, who have a faster shopping experience with more complete product and pricing information. It’s a win-win,” said Peter Fehl, vice-president of global marketing for Honeywell Scanning & Mobility.

The Captuvo SL22 can be purchased by retailers now from the Honeywell website.

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