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'Facepay' is Being Piloted in China

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Psh, paying with your phone is so lame, Apple. At least that's what an Australian grocery brand probably thought when they created a "facepay" system that is set to be implemented in some of their China-based grocery stores. As the name suggests, the system works on face and hand recognition, eliminating the need for any physical payment device.

Chen Haibo, managing director of the grocery chain implementing the new payment system, explained to China Daily that businesses will collect and record network data of customers's faces and hands and upload that data into the company's cash registers. "When customers come to the chain store," China Daily reports, "They need only to show their faces and hands before cash registers. Once they are recognized, the payment is completed." To put that into perspective: we're still jazzed by techie fitting rooms and competing smartphone payment platforms.
· Australian food chain introduces 'face pay' [China Daily]
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