So far, cashless shopping hasn't lived up to the promise

For decades, futurists have been promising a cashless society and all the convenience that comes with it. So far though, the technology we have available hasn't lived up to the promise.

Sure, we're moving inexorably in the direction of a cashless society, but we're doing so at a snail's pace. We're moving in such tiny increments that it sometimes seems that the day will never arrive. And for a variety of reasons

Fortunately, that's changing, at least if Amazon has anything to say about it. Recently, the US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Amazon detailing a touchless scanning system. If the company moves forward with the development of the technology described in the patent application, the future could see Amazon customers pay at the checkout counter simply by swiping their hand.

Amazon Go may change all that

In the here and now, visitors to 'Amazon Go Cashierless Stores' need to scan an app to get in and check out, but that could change markedly in the years ahead.

Granted, filing a patent application and actually creating a viable technology around it are two very different things. However, if this technology makes it into the real world, it stands to change the face of shopping forever.

According to the application filed, Amazon's vision for the technology would be the development of "a scanner device that is used to obtain raw images of a user's palm that is within a field of view of the scanner...the first set of images depict external characteristics, such as lines and creases in the user's palm while the second set of images depict internal anatomical structures, such as veins, bones, soft tissue, or other structures beneath the epidermis of the skin."

Our perspective

Based on the early read, the technology sounds as ambitious as it is amazing. However, Amazon has pulled off larger miracles than this. We admire the vision and look forward to seeing how things develop from here.

 

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Cybersecurity Expert, Small Business Technology Consultant, Managed Services Provider, Managed IT SupportI am Denis Wilson, President and Principal Consultant for DWP Information Architects. I help professionals grow their business by building a foundation of rock-solid information solutions for smaller healthcare, insurance, financial, legal, and nonprofits firms in Ventura County and San Fernando Valley. And have created cost-effective IT solutions, for over 20 years, specializing in cybersecurity and regulatory compliance. I am also a published author and speaker, working extensively with a variety of organizations, as well as providing small business technology education programs through business and professional associations. This just in: I will be speaking regularly at California Lutheran University's Center for Nonprofit Leadership starting in September.

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