Amazon Pushes Ahead With Payment Terminals That Use Your Hand As ID

Posted on January 18, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Amazon with 11 Comments

Back in September of last year, Amazon was rumored to be working on a new payment system for its Whole Foods stores that would allow customers to pay using their hands instead of an actual payment card.

At the time, details about the new system were unclear, and WSJ is now revealing some more details on the technology. Amazon is reportedly pushing ahead with the new system, though it will no longer limit the tech to Whole Foods.

Instead, the company is developing payment terminals that can be placed in any shop, with Amazon planning to promote the tech to coffee shops, fast-food restaurants, etc.

Amazon is also apparently working with Visa to test transactions on the payment terminals, and it’s expected to get in talks with Mastercard as well. The company has also discussed the project with card issuers like JPMorgan Chase.

The company recently filed a patent application for what could be the heart of the new system, describing it as a “non-contact biometric identification system” that is powered by “a hand scanner that generates images of a user’s palm.”

The technology here is obviously very interesting — contactless payments have already made payments incredibly easier, and being able to pay with your hand will take things to the next level. But for now, Amazon still has some other issues to figure out — including how the terminals would detect fraud.

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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Amazon Pushes Ahead With Payment Terminals That Use Your Hand As ID”

  1. sherlockholmes

    More data that Amazon can collect from me. No thanks.

  2. sherlockholmes

    "contactless payments" is also a hoax. You need to hold your smartphone or your creditcard to the terminalIn every way there is somesort of contact.

  3. red.radar

    God help the people that are in witness protection.

    hello mr smith or shall we say mr price (wink wink).

    how is the information secured ? I suppose much the same ways that Apple does Face ID.

  4. chaad_losan

    The sign of the apocalypse!

  5. max daru

    Fujitsu has had similar tech for years that seems functionally identical. Why not just license that?

  6. waethorn

    Wow Amazon. Gattaca much?

  7. CompUser

    More technology for the sake of technology, with no real need or (probably) demand. This whole thing is just getting stupid, and people really should be concerned about the direction technology is going in regards to security and privacy. I know I am, but that probably just makes me an alarmist, and not just someone who is concerned about my diminishing privacy.

  8. Jeffsters

    Any retailer that allows Amazon to mine their customers data, collect shopping habits and behavior, has only themselves to blame when Amazon later steals their business. Amazon doesn’t do anything that doesn’t directly collect or enable collection of consumer data. To all the retailers out there I offer that Chinese proverb “Those who foolishly seek power by riding on the back of a tiger often end up inside”.