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Amazon Cashless 'Pay by Palm' Technology Requires Only a Hand Wave

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Paying with palm recognition.

According to Amazon, palm payment is secure and cannot be replicated because the technology looks at both the palm and the underlying vein structure to create unique "palm signatures" for each customer.

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Retail giant Amazon has announced a new contactless transaction service that allows shoppers to pay with their palms.

Users can enable transactions by hovering their palms over an Amazon One device, which can facilitate payment, identification, loyalty program membership, and entry.

Amazon said palm payment is impossible to replicate because the system creates unique "palm signatures" for each customer by examining the palm and the underlying vein arrangement.

Each palm signature, the company added, corresponds to a numerical vector representation, and is securely warehoused in the Amazon Web Services cloud.

The technology is already available at 200 Amazon locations in 20 U.S. states, and the company intends to deploy it at more than 500 Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh outlets by year's end.

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