Google to let you buy things with your face!

4 March 2016

A typical human face
A typical human face

Look at that lovely face you've got there. Well, you could soon be using it to make electronic payments, thanks to Google. The internet giant is running tests with this latest digital wallet technology, which won't even ask you to take your Android smartphone out, to waft at a NFC machine.

It will be a hands-free affair, using facial recognition technology to make your transaction. Now, there's going to be some people who have huge personal privacy issues about this, as presumably, there's going to have to be a record of your face stored somewhere. That said, is it any different from uploading photos of yourself to Facebook and Instagram?

Google product manager Pali Bhat said: "Imagine if you could rush through a drive-thru without reaching for your wallet, or pick up a hot dog at the ballpark without fumbling to pass coins or your credit card to the cashier. This prompted us to build a pilot app called Hands Free that we're now in the early stages of testing."

While people still prefer paying for things with money and cards, contactless payments are spiking in popularity, and making payments with a smartphone has been taken up rather quickly in the UK.

Regarding the face-payments, there's a very small amount of businesses around Silicon Valley are trialling it, including McDonald's of course (where loads of IT workers will invariably eat). The tech involved in this latest idea, uses Bluetooth and WiFi and detects whether your phone is set up to do this.

When you get to the till, you tell the cashier: "I'll pay with Google." Then, the cashier will ask you for your initials, and uses the photo that you've got added to your Hands Free profile (which will appear on their cash register) and confirm that you are who you say you are.

Google are also looking at using cameras in shops, so you can pay without having to be approved by another human.

Bhat continued: "At select stores, we’re also in the early stages of experimenting with visual identification so that you can breeze through checkout even faster. This process uses an in-store camera to automatically confirm your identity based on your Hands Free profile picture."

"All images captured by the Hands Free camera are deleted immediately."

TOPICS:   Banking   Privacy   Mobile

1 comment

  • Father J.
    “All images captured by the Hands Free camera are deleted immediately.” Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

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