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Amazon on Tuesday announced new biometric technology that lets shoppers pay at physical stores by using their palms, its latest effort to develop a business from licensing tech to brick-and-mortar rivals.
The technology, called Amazon One, has shoppers pay at stores by putting the palm of one’s hand over a scanner when they come in or leave. To use this tech, customers must first register by inserting a payment card into a reader—one time only. Customers at the two cashier-less Amazon Go stores near the company’s Seattle headquarters can begin using Amazon One starting Tuesday, with the rest of the Amazon Go fleet coming on later.
But Amazon’s ambitions for the tech go well beyond its own still modestly sized store fleet: The company is hoping to license