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Yup, Really: Amazon is Trying to Make Pay-By-Selfie a Thing

March 15, 2016
by Susan Shain
Senior Writer

We recently learned it would cost nearly $13 billion to buy one of everything on Amazon.

Though I definitely don’t have the need, desire or bankroll to do that, the ginormous retailer is still one of my favorite places to shop.

And soon, I may be able to check out in a very unique way: by taking a picture of myself.

Here’s what I mean…

How Pay-By-Selfie Would Work

A few days ago, Amazon applied for a patent to allow customers to verify their identities and complete purchases — all by taking a selfie.

It wouldn’t be just your standard duck face, either.

To prove you’re a human — and the human you say you are — you’d have to ham it up for the camera.

“The device can prompt the user to perform certain actions, motions, or gestures, such as to smile, blink, or tilt his or her head,” reads the patent. The device would then “analyze the captured video to… authenticate an identity of the user.”

In other words? You’d better start practicing your wink — it could soon replace your impossible-to-remember password!

Your Turn: What do you think of pay-by-selfie? Creepy or cool?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

by Susan Shain
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