Amazon Thinks Your Hand Will Make a Great Credit Card
I read an interesting story the other day about how Amazon is working on a way to use your hand as a credit card. Other companies have been developing chip implant technology for a while now. Amazon is basically saying, "we don't need a chip, we can just use your hand." Before we go any further, let's pause for a moment and enjoy Iron Maiden's "666 The Number of the Beast."
Okay, back to the story. According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal and picked up by CNBC, Amazon figures they can just use your unique handprint as a way to process payments. The theory is, you'll be able to place your hand above a scanner/reader thingy and - boom - you're done. As described,
While Amazon’s plan is in the early stages, the company has reportedly begun working with Visa on testing out the terminals, and has discussed the project with Mastercard, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Synchrony Financial.
The company previously filed a patent for a “non-contact biometric identification system” that features a “hand scanner” to produce a picture of a person’s palm.
I'm sorry, but I feel like Amazon (and Google, Facebook, etc.) already know way too much about us as consumers, and the last thing I want to give them is my handprint. I don't care how convenient it may be. I'll stick with my plastic card until they pry it from my cold, dead, biometric hand.