Amazon wants to let you pay with just your hands

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Visual interfaces are already being usurped by voice control, but if Amazon gets its way perhaps we'll be waving goodbye to interfaces altogether. The New York Post reports that the retail giant is testing a new biometric payment system that will let shoppers at Whole Foods pay for their orders by simply waving their hand over a scanner. That's some Star Wars sh*t right there.

The project, code named Orville, is still at user testing stage right now. Reports suggests Amazon's New York office employees are acting as guinea-pigs for the system, using modified vending machines to pay for snacks via the new system. The proposed end game, however, is to enable shoppers to saunter into a Whole Foods store armed with nothing but a smile and (presumably) a reusable shopping bag. The scanning system will identify the customer and charge the purchase to the card on their file.

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Ruth Hamilton

Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.