Mar 30, 2023
Biometrics to authorize payments
Panera announced that it is introducing a new payment technology at two of its restaurants that promises to revolutionize the dining experience – and it’s all in the palm of your hand!
This is Katy Craig in San Diego, California.
The technology I’m talking about is Amazon One, a contactless service that allows customers to pay for their meals by scanning their palms. Yes, you heard that right. You can now pay for your lunch by waving your hand over a sensor, like a Jedi performing a mind trick. Who knew that the future of dining would involve channeling your inner Sith Lord?
According to Panera, the adoption of Amazon One is all about convenience. By reducing the time it takes for customers to pay for their meals, the company hopes to make its restaurants even more efficient and appealing to diners on the go. No more fumbling for credit cards or cash – just scan your palm and you’re good to go.
Of course, as with any new technology, there are some concerns that should be addressed. The use of biometrics in commerce has raised questions about privacy and security. After all, our palm prints are unique to each individual, and the idea of having that information stored in a database somewhere might make some people uneasy.
It’s important to note that Amazon One doesn’t store a customer’s actual palm print. Instead, it creates a unique identifier based on the pattern of veins in the hand. Still, there’s always a risk when it comes to sharing personal information, and it’s important for companies to be transparent about how they’re using that data.
Despite these concerns, there’s no denying that Amazon One has the potential to revolutionize the way we pay for things. No more digging through pockets or purses to find a credit card. No more typing in a PIN number or signing a receipt. Just a quick wave of the hand and you’re done.
So, the next time you’re at Panera, don’t be surprised if the cashier asks to scan your palm. It’s not the work of a Jedi mind trick – just the latest in a long line of technological advancements that promise to make our lives a little bit easier.
This is Katy Craig. Stay safe out there.