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Amazon lets you pay with your hand palm at Whole Foods

News you want to use week 37.

Amazon is testing a payment system codenamed “Orville” that scans human hands to ring up purchases. The e-commerce giant is reportedly using its New York employees to test the system on a handful of vending machines selling chips, sodas and phone chargers in its offices. Unlike most biometric systems that require you to touch the surface of a scanner, Amazon’s take on the technology apparently doesn’t need you to physically touch any device. The company’s technology uses computer vision and depth geometry to identify the size and shape of your hand before charging the credit card you have on file. Further, you don’t even need to have your phone with you when you shop. That could make shopping at Whole Foods even more seamless than at Amazon Go stores, where you can pick up goods and then leave as long as you check in through a turnstile using a QR code in your app.

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