Introducing Google Wallet [Video]

Google sent out a tweet earlier this afternoon with a link to a YouTube video introducing Google Wallet. It came as a bit of a welcome surprise on a pretty slow Friday afternoon. At the end of Google’s video is a link to the official explanation page:

Playing around on the site reveals an overview of the product, what it is, and how and where it works. You can input your zip code to show a map of places near you that are already ready to accept this payment method.

Google’s introduction seeks to change the way we pay forever. The vast majority of us [smartphone users] have already used our devices to pay for something on the go, whether it’s an Amazon order or even an app purchase. With the Google Wallet app, you can use your NFC-enabled device to tap and pay for everyday items that you’d ordinarily use paper or plastic to pay for.

In the past few thousand years, the way we pay has changed just three times—from coins, to paper money, to plastic cards.

Now we’re on the brink of the next big shift.

Keep in mind the service isn’t immediately ready to go just yet. There’s a “Notify Me” button in the banner that I suggest clicking to stay up to date via email in addition to all this useful information.

I’m excited! Are you?