Visa has unveiled the Visa Viewer - a smart card reader the size of a matchbook.

It will display the balance on a chip card, and is targeted to consumers. It will be available through participating financial institutions by June.

The Visa Viewer will be available during the Visa Cash stored value card program in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympic Summer Games this July, as well as for other programs around the world.

The readers are manufactured by CP8 Transac and OKI.

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