It’s hard to do your banking when the nearest branch is a day away and you don’t have any electricity. These new cash machines run on the sun’s power, and can bring some modern banking to truly out-of-the-way places.
ATMs are challenging enough to use when you're visiting a different country. But imagine drawing money when you've never seen an ATM in your life, and compound that with the fact that you might not be able to read. NCR, a company that makes transactional technology like cash registers, has created a concept for Pillar, an ATM that can help people make simple financial transactions without having to navigate a complex, word-heavy interface.
Apple's patent applications have got a bit single-minded of late, with lots to do with near-field communications radio--including this one, which has a cool twist: Apple, with its iPhone, wants to reinvent the ATM.
National Cash Register is one of those grand old American companies that, come the digital revolution, might have gone the way of the rotary phone. Instead, with a trimmed down name (now NCR), and a ramped up R&D operation, the company is transforming the way we handle our money--or its digital equivalent.