Live Checking Credit Card Shows the Bad News in Real Time

Credit cards, by nature, dissociate us from our money at the price of convenience. But what if they were both easy to use and a means to promote responsible budgeting?

The Live Checking credit card snared a red dot design award for good reason—it's an excellent, feasible idea. A normal credit card is equipped with e-ink and RFID. Combined, the technologies track how much you've spent in real time and display it right on the card.

And given that the concept uses a black and white display, you're never in the red!

Now if only someone designs a mailbox that shows the whole neighborhood the equity in your home, we could avoid any future mortgage crisis without the need of all this governmental intervention. [reddot via Electronics-Lab]

UPDATE: OOPS, looked like we'd written this one before. I should really start reading that cool new site called Gizmodo!