A current Kickstarter campaign called Wallor is aiming to combine the best bits of traditional wallets and their digital counterparts, with a physical leather wallet that also connects to your smartphone — and will let you know if someone picks it from your pocket.
Creator Viorel Cretu told Digital Trends that he came up with the idea of a wallet that will alert you if someone tries to steal it after suffering a similar experience himself.
“I had my wallet stolen in February during [a trip abroad] and all my IDs were inside,” he said. “[There was my] national ID, medical insurance, three debit cards and one credit card. All my cards [had] wireless chips integrated, so every payment under $20 did not require any pin code. [As a result] the thieves took $600 from my accounts using this simple method. I lost two months and spent $800 to recover my IDs and health cards.”
That is a good enough reason for any inventor to set about solving a problem and Cretu is convinced he has done exactly that.
Inside the Wallor wallet is a special radio-frequency identification-blocking layer, which protects your cards from high-tech thieves and their mobile scanners. As for the alarm, the wallet will also trigger an alert on your smartphone if you or your wallet are more than a few feet away from one another. A connected app (which can also store your credit cards for a clutter-free experience) additionally lets you track the location of your wallet, in real time, anywhere on the planet.
Wallor offers a variety of designs and colors and a clean, attractive finish. It’s also impressively slim, with a thickness similar to an iPhone.
There are some other neat things about it, which you can read about by checking out the wallet’s Kickstarter page here. You can currently pre-order a unit, starting at $56 — although be quick because the campaign only has three days left to run.