Mar 16, 2016

    Say cheese to pay


    ONLINE retail colossus Amazon is seeking a United States patent on using selfies - instead of passwords - for shopping when using smartphones.

    The Seattle-based company reasoned that combining sensor and camera capabilities in smartphones with face and gesture recognition software results in higher security than passwords or identification numbers.

    "Such approaches provide for user authentication without the user having to physically interact with a computing device, which can enable a user to access information by looking at a camera, performing a simple gesture such as a smile, or performing another such action," Amazon said in a patent application filed late last year.

    Smartphone cameras would capture video snippets to avoid being duped by a fraudster using someone's picture to impersonate them in an online transaction, according to the patent application.

    "The device can prompt the user to perform certain actions, motions, or gestures, such as to smile, blink, or tilt his or her head." the patent application said.