Friday 9 December 2016

Google wants to make shopping totally hands free

Daniel Anderson

Published 03/03/2016 | 10:00

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Google is working on a new payment system which is totally hands free - you won't even have to reach into your pocket for your phone

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Cashless payments have been around for a good long while, and services like Apple Pay have made it possible to buy things justby waving your phone around but Google wants to take the idea even further.

The company is working on a payment system which will free you from having to reach into your pocket or even grab your phone, it's totally Hands Free. It works by detecting your phone (deep in your pocket or bag) via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi if you're in an area where the service is active. Then all you have to say is 'I'll Pay With Google' and the cashier will be able to access your account from the till, checking your user image for security purposes. Then you're free to go.

And this isn't from the far-flung future, a number of stores in San Francisco are testing the tech right now. Here's a cute animation to get the point across.

It sounds like a great idea, if it works, and Google promises it's keeping on top of potential security issues. Hopefully we'll see a wider rollout in the not too distant future.

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