Amazon wants to patent pay-by-selfie tech

Amazon has filed an application for a patent that lets shoppers buy items by taking a photo or video of themselves instead of using a password, Recode reported.

The patent is related to an existing one Amazon holds that lets a device authenticate a user through a photo or video.

According to Recode, the patent aims to make it safer and less socially-awkward to buy something online.

“The entry of these passwords… can require the user to turn away from friends or co-workers when entering a password, which can be awkward or embarrassing in many situations,” said Amazon.

Amazon’s patent application mentions authentication through certain actions or motions, such as smiling, blinking, or tilting your head.

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