The next time I went to Starbucks, I launched the gallery app on my Nexus S and successfully paid for my venti Pike Place with the photo. In other words, I bought a coffee with a picture. The ramifications of this sorta blew my mind. I mean, I had just paid for physical goods with a digital photo.
In a very real sense, photos are becoming a form of currency. When you consider how easy it is to transport, send, and share photos and how hard it is to do the same with traditional forms of payment, this is pretty radical.
If this doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, try this… download the following image to your device and use it to pay for your next Starbuck purchase. Seriously, try it. I’m broadcasting money.
(JohnatanStark.com, July 14, 2011.)
Image source: http://jonathanstark.com/card/
Food [Editor's comment: "Beverage"?] for thought reading material: “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.“