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Amazon wants you to pay with blood

by on30 December 2019

Or at least in that vein

Online bookseller Amazon filed a patent for technology that could identify you by scanning the wrinkles in the palm of your hand and by using a light to see beneath your skin to your blood vessels.

The resulting images could be used to identify you as a shopper at Amazon Go stores. It was previously reported that the Seattle-based tech giant might install these hi-tech scanners in Whole Foods grocery stores.

However, the US Patent and Trademark Office published an application last Thursday that suggests the e-commerce giant wants the tech for its Amazon Go stores.

While fingerprint scanners have been around for years, Amazon hopes to innovate by developing a personal identification system that you don't have to touch. Imagine hovering your hand in front of infrared light as a camera snaps two images -- one from the surface, and one that looks for "deeper characteristics such as veins". An internal computer system would then identify you based on that information.

Last modified on 30 December 2019
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