Consumers are now assisted by a Chinese technology company in making payments using their palms as a card.
The multinational corporation Tencent tested the first of its kind of touchless palm payment, which allowed customers to pay for goods and services without carrying any usual cards, according to a report from MIT Technology Review.
The 1.4 billion-person nation has 1 billion users of the social media platform WeChat, which is replacing paper currency in many areas.
One of the videos on the Chinese short video platform TikTok shows a customer paying for a Coke using just his hand.
In addition, the feature was appropriately released in Guangzhou, the country’s principal financial hub, according to the MIT Technology Review article.
The touchless palm payment can identify different people by their palms. With no need for facial or fingerprint recognition, people may now make payments simply waving their hands up to a few inches in front of the camera.
Despite unanticipated technological advances, leading brands continue to use password, fingerprint, and facial recognition technology for payments.
According to reports, the US, a rival of China, has been testing palm-scanning payment equipment in an Amazon store in Seattle. Experts have cautioned against privacy concerns, however, given that such technology necessitates a sizable database of user-linked biometric data.