By simply waving one’s hand in front of a scanner, customers may soon be able to cash out at the health-centric grocery chain, Whole Foods, as soon as next year.
Amazon, which purchased Whole Foods in 2017 for more than $13 billion, is reportedly developing computer vision technology that can judge the shape and size of customers’ hands to create a unique handprint, according to sources cited by the New York Post.
That data would then be linked to patrons’ bank information, meaning customers would be able to waive their hands in front of scanner and complete the transaction in under a second.
Among the unique advantages of using a handprint to check out, says the report, is its unparalleled speed.
While mobile payments take several seconds to conclude, Amazon’s hand-reading technology allegedly verifies customers in just 300 milliseconds and doesn’t necessitate the use of any other device aside from one’s own hand.
Unlike fingerprint technology, the hand-readers will reportedly not require customers to physically place their hands on a scanner, but rather will read their signature remotely.
The Post reports that though the technology, which is codenamed ‘Orville’ currently boasts a .0001 percent failure rate, engineers are working to get that rate to .000001 — one millionth of a percent — before it launches.