Amazon will now let you pay with your palm in its stores
- Amazon is unveiling a new biometric technology called Amazon One that allows shoppers to pay at stores by placing their palm over a scanning device when they walk in the door or when they check out.
- The first time they register to use this tech, a customer will scan their palm and insert their payment card at a terminal; after that, they can simply pay with their hand. The hand-scanning tech isn’t just for Amazon’s own stores — the company hopes to sell it to other retailers, including competitors, too.
- The technology will be available at the entrance of two of the company’s Amazon Go cashier-less convenience stores in Seattle, Washington, starting Tuesday, and will roll out to the rest of the chain’s 20-plus stores in the future, Amazon Vice President Dilip Kumar told Recode in an interview Monday. Recode reported in December that Amazon had filed a patent application for such a hand-payment technology.
Amazon's going full "what even is privacy" dystopia on us with palm-reading payments and ID, hot on the heels of flying home drones and mood-detecting wristbands.https://t.co/XtQPawfHrt pic.twitter.com/eqkPJ9tu4C
— Vlad Savov (@vladsavov) September 29, 2020