Amazon payments with a selfie

Manny Pham
March 15, 2016

You read that right – in future you could be paying for purchases on Amazon with a selfie.

The American e-commerce website are of course very well known for selling almost everything, from nappies to obscure looking weapons. It’s the go to place for when you need something.

This month Amazon has filed a patent for a system that allows users to take a selfie or video of themselves to complete transactions. The system would identify “a living human being” by using facial recognition technology. To add security, users would be prompted to smile, blink or any action to stop scammers from simply using a picture of the user.

Amazon’s patent gives reason for it’s submission, and it seems they really care about those who have embarrassing sausage fingers (thanks guys), the patent states: “the entry of these passwords on portable devices is not user friendly in many cases, as the small touchscreen or keyboard elements can be difficult to accurately select using a relatively large human finger, and can require the user to turn away from friends or co-workers when entering a password, which can be awkward or embarrassing in many situations.”

Amazon go on to say because passwords are not user friendly, short and easy passwords are created, which are easily hacked. Amazon haven’t commented on the patent, understandably as it’s at patent stage. The American company are not strangers to innovative and convenient practices to aid the shopping experience. Amazon pioneered one-click ordering and stirred controversy with Amazon Prime Air.

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Via ABC News.

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