Amazon launched a palm-scan payment technology called Amazon One in 2020 that allowed users to pay by scanning their palm directly. The technology was already available in select stores in The US, and now, according to The Verge, Amazon is expanding the technology to 65 Whole Foods stores in California, its biggest rollout to date.
The technology, called Amazon One, allows customers to use Amazon One self-service machines at stores that support the technology to take a picture and add palm information, as well as provide a mobile phone number and a debit (credit) card. Once the setup is complete, you can take the item to the front desk and pay for it. Without taking out your wallet or phone, you can just hover your palm over the device to complete the payment and leave.
According to Amazon, everyone's palm is unique, and even two of a person's palms are different. Palm photos taken simultaneously on an Amazon One self-service machine are not stored locally; they are encrypted and sent to a dedicated Amazon One cloud server, where recognizable palm features are generated.
IT House has learned that Amazon One is currently available in 70 stores across the United States, with more locations on the way. Amazon is also actively promoting the use of the technology in other areas, such as access control.