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Amazon Files Patent for Selfie Payments

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Who needs a credit card when you’ve got a selfie stick?

Rather than paying the old fashioned way, Amazon has filed a patent for pay-by-selfie transactions without having to enter in a password, according to Re/code.

Related: Just How Long Has 'Selfie' Been Around, Anyway?

Using a special software for face recognition, the application would theoretically make it safer for shoppers to make purchases online and prevent identity theft.

According to the report, Amazon’s patent describes the process as using a phone or computer to “prompt the user to perform certain actions, motions, or gestures, such as to smile, blink, or tilt his or her head.”

Related: 5 Myths About Selling on Amazon

Even if it seems silly, Amazon isn’t the only one coming out with a pay-by-selfie system. Mastercard announced a similar endeavor late last year.

 
 

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