THUMBS UP!

YOU (South Africa) - - TECH -

A KFC out­let in Hangzhou, China, is test­ing a fa­cial-recog­ni­tion pay­ment sys­tem that al­lows cus­tomers to pay for their meal by smil­ing at a cam­era.

Ap­par­ently, Smile To Pay’s fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy – which scans a face with a 3D cam­era – uses a “live­ness de­tec­tion al­go­rithm” to make sure the cus­tomer is alive and kick­ing, and − pro­vided they’re signed up for the ser­vice − charges their ac­count.

Hands-free pay­ment? Nifty if your chicken re­ally is fin­ger lickin’ good.

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