Now here's an interesting thing. 3M has taken the wraps off the world's first totally clear credit/debit card plastic card which has mag stripe functionality, but is totally see-through.
You may have seen the 3M technology at Lloyds-TSB branches, where the back projection system is an alternative to LCD and plasma TV screens.
Visa is sufficiently impressed with the technology to make 3M a preferred supplier for its next generation of plastic cards.
The most interesting aspect of the 3M Vikuiti card is that, although it is almost transparent, the cards can be `seen' by the LED detectors in most modern ATMs.
Which makes the cards a great marketing tool. Plans call for the first Visa cards using the technology to be issued later this year...