Pre-History of the Point of Sale

In the era of instant contactless payments, smart point of sale devices and decentralized cryptocurrencies, it’s easy to lose sight of just how far we’ve come. Soon cash will be a thing of the past, with retailers, and even entire countries, attempting to go cashless. It is now becoming increasingly easy to imagine a world where the physical exchange of money becomes obsolete, with the clunky cash registers that were once a shopkeeper’s best friend going the same way.

Before things really start getting out of hand and we all start paying each other with our mind wallets (we are totally coining that name), we’ve taken a look back through the history of the point of sale device to see how human ingenuity has taken us from simple stone carvings to SmartPOS terminals and beyond.