Monday, May 6, 2013
The Los Angeles Times obituary of Dashew said the entrepreneur learned that a former colleague had developed a plastic material that could be embossed. With his team of engineers, Dashew built a computer with a keyboard that could emboss plastic cards with a customer's name, account number and expiration date.
Dashew's company also built what is likely the first "knucklebuster," which captured information off the embossed card and produced a customer receipt. Bank of America Corp., Chase Manhattan Bank and American Express Co.. then adapted the technology, the obituary said. Dashew's autobiography, You Can Do It: Inspiration and Lessons from an Inventor, Entrepreneur, and Sailor, was published in 2010.
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