The Red Bulletin September 2019 (UK)

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Equipment

SEE

Augment your eyes

Focals by North smartglasses

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We’ve long been promised spectacles with a

digital display, but early efforts have proven

less practical than pulling out your phone

– and they lack the style of regular specs.

These frames are smart in every sense and

deliver messages, notifications and map

directions to the holographic lenses via your

phone’s Bluetooth. Control comes from a

button-and-joystick ring worn on the finger,

or by asking Alexa. But take note: getting a

pair involves a bespoke sizing at one of North’s

two showrooms (Brooklyn or Toronto), then

a final fitting eight weeks later. bynorth.com

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DAVID EDWARDS

PAY

The credit card

reinvented

The titanium Apple Card

The credit card is so embedded

in our psyche, we barely question

its design, but that’s what Apple

did for the physical counterpart

to its new digital payment service.

Ditching the forge-able signature

and CVV on the rear, and numbers

on the front, it features only what’s

needed for swipe or contactless

payment – chip, magnetic strip,

owner’s name – and withdrawals

at an ATM. Not currently available

outside the US, the card is meant

only as a flashy substitute for the

app. Cut from a single piece of

titanium, it is nonetheless a thing

of beauty. apple.com/apple-card

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Front:

1. Apple logo

2. Symmetrical

‘six-pill’ chip

3. With no card

number, each

payment generates

a one-off

virtual number

Rear:

4. Card issuer’s

logo

5. Magnetic strip

6. Titanium is

tougher, more flexible

and 40 per cent

lighter than plastic

Left:

7. A CNC (Computer

Numerical Control)

cutting tool carves

out space for the chip

8. Apple’s logo is laseretched

twice to create

a V-shaped groove

that reflects light

THE RED BULLETIN 83

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