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Amazon Tests Biometric Payment for Whole Foods Stores

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Amazon employees in New York are testing a new system, code-named “Orville,” that allows them to pay for snacks at a vending machine simply by waving their hands in front of a scanner.

The system, which identifies individuals with a scan and charges a card on file, is reportedly highly accurate, but Amazon is busily refining it in the hopes of a roll-out at Whole Foods stores.

If all goes according to plan, certain Whole Foods stores may have registers equipped with the technology by the beginning of 2020, pending a nationwide launch.

Amazon is reportedly investing in the hand biometric payment system because it thinks people will find such a biometric payment system less creepy than facial recognition systems.

Read the full story at Fast Company.