Sep 29, 2020

Amazon One: Palm scanner launched for 'secure' payments

Amazon has announced a new payment system for real-world shops which uses a simple wave of the hand. Its new Amazon One scanner registers an image of the user's palm, letting them pay by hovering their hand in mid-air "For about a second or so", it says. Amazon has not detailed exactly how its version of the technology will work, beyond saying it will use "Custom-built algorithms and hardware" and scan "Multiple aspects" of the hand. Early adopters can only try out the first version of the technology at two Amazon Go shops - the company's experiment with a real-world supermarket that has no checkouts, but instead tracks the shopper and what they pick up. To register, a customer can just insert their bank card and follow the on-screen instructions to link their palm print to that payment option, Amazon said.

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