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Amazon’s palm-scanning technology can let you buy a drink without getting out your ID

An image showing someone hovering their palm over a scanner at a bar
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Amazon has a new, somewhat unsurprising application for the palm-scanning technology it uses for payments: age verification. In a post on Monday, the company announced that its Amazon One scanner can now verify your age when used in places like bars, making it much more than just an alternate way to make payments.

Amazon currently uses the palm scanner at its Go stores and some Whole Foods locations, allowing customers to pay for their groceries by hovering their palms over a scanner in lieu of pulling out credit cards or cash.

Amazon One with age verification is rolling out to the Coors Field baseball stadium in Colorado before expanding to “additional establishments in the coming months.” It doesn’t come as much of a surprise to see…

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