Telephones and smartwatches make it easier to drive past cash registers and gas pumps. What if things were even easier? The new Amazon One device turns the palm of your hand into a contactless payment method, so you can move your hand instead of pulling out your phone or flipping your wrist.
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Of course, you’ll need to give Amazon your “handwriting signature”, credit card, and phone number to sign up for Amazon One. However, you don’t have to link your Amazon One account to a regular Amazon account, which is good to know. Even people who refuse to buy from Amazon can use Amazon One to pay at the grocery store, present a loyalty card at a hobby store, or check that they’ve bought a ticket to a concert.
Amazon One is available now in select Amazon Go grocery stores in Seattle, Washington. The device could find its way to other locations in the future as it can avoid the creeping threat of face recognition and Address concerns about the spread of germs through cash and credit cards.