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TOPPAN FORMS and TFPS Develop ThincaBall, a Spherical Multi-Electric Money Payment Terminal, which Simultaneously Supports Space Creation and Diverse Payment Options

March 8, 2017

TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD.

TF PAYMENT SERVICE CO., LTD.

TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD. (TOPPAN FORMS, hereunder) and TF PAYMENT SERVICE CO., LTD. (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director and President: Toshiro Masuda; TFPS, hereunder) are pleased to announce that they are developing ThincaBall, a sleekly designed ball shaped multi-electric money payment terminal which will be launched around the fall of 2017. ThincaBall enables users to pay using a wide range of electric money brands through Thincacloud, a cloud-based electric payment platform provided by TFPS.

ThincaBall, a sleekly designed ball sharped multi-electric money payment terminal

Background

There are many types of electric money payment terminals on the market. But those that focus on industrial product design are mainstream, while terminals that focus on the appearance are rare. On the other hand, shops and amusement facilities are showing an increasing tendency to introduce electric money payment as a diverse form settling accounts to boost customer convenience. However, people tend to avoid terminals that focus on industrial product design in settings where concepts are valued to create comfortable spaces. Based on this recognition, we adopted creative product designers with knowledge in this area and developed ThincaBall, a multi-electric money payment terminal, from the new perspective of creating a payment terminal that embraces the concept of space creation.

Product specifications

Item Product specifications
Product name ThincaBall
Model name TN18CUT043
Usage Table-top NFC reader and writer
Applicable cards FeliCa, mobile phone equipped with mobile FeliCa IC chips, MIFARE Classic, MIFARE Ultralight, ISO/IEC 14443 Type-A/Type-B, ISO/IEC 18092, JIS X 6319-4 and ISO/IEC 15693 ICODE
Display part Organic EL display
Indicator lamp Seven-color LED
External interface USB connection (USB2.0/based on Full Speed)/based on USB CCID specifications
Operational voltage DC 5.0V (USB bus power)
  • * Because these are being developed, their specifications may be changed without prior notice.

Future development

By providing ThincaBall, a sleekly designed ball shaped multi-electric money payment terminal, and Thincacloud, a cloud-based payment platform, TOPPAN FORMS and TFPS will expand sales as a service with a large scope of use and availability at a lower infrastructure cost for users and member stores with the future aim of achieving a cashless payment market.

  • * Thincacloud is a registered trademark of TF PAYMENT SERVICE CO., LTD.
  • * TF PAYMENT SERVICE CO., LTD. is applying for trademark registration of ThincaBall.
  • * Other specified product names, etc. are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective company.
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