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(Pocket-lint) – Amazon is bringing its palm-scanning checkout technology to 65 Whole Foods stores in California.
This is the biggest expansion of this technology so far, which was introduced in 2020 as part of the Amazon One payment system.
The rollout has already begun, with Whole Foods stores in Santa Monica, Montana Avenue and Malibu now accepting palm payments.
If a customer wants to use the new technology, they can register their palm print using an in-store kiosk.
They’ll need to provide their card details, a phone number, and agree to Amazon’s terms of service before signing up.
Once registration is complete, just wave your hand over the scanner at checkout for the registered card to be debited.
In the interest of security, Amazon says scanned images are not stored locally, but encrypted and sent to a dedicated Amazon One cloud server.
Some Whole Foods stores have already trialled palm scanning technology, including in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York and Austin.
It was also already available at select Amazon Go and Fresh stores in the United States.
For most of us, the idea of not having to pull out your wallet, or your phone, to pay seems pretty convenient, but some are less convinced.
Amazon collects an impressive amount of data about its customers, and that number is only growing as consumers embrace Ring and Alexa smart home products.
It’s understandable that privacy advocates are skeptical, but for many others, the walletless future is enticing.
Written by Luke Baker.