The list of essentials to check for before leaving the house -- wallet, keys, phone -- is brief enough already, but if Finland-based company Uniqul has their way, it's about to get even shorter. Thanks to a revolutionary new payment system they've developed using facial recognition technology to link a customer's face to their credit card account of choice, carrying cards and cash around may soon become a thing of the past.
Using a Uniqul tablet at the register in lieu of a card-swipe machine is a straightforward process on the consumer end of things: After taking a quick snapshot of the customer in question, Uniqul's system is able to match up the registered user with their payment data. The transaction is completed with a single press on the "OK" button to confirm, cutting down the average payment transaction time from 30 seconds to five or less. The company claims that all data will be safely encoded with "military-grade algorithms," and their recognition software is even capable of distinguishing between identical twins , so there's little chance of tricking the camera.
Between Uniqul and the startup looking to market fingerprint-identifying payment services, it might soon become impossible to forget your wallet at home.