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Uniqul uses facial recognition software to connect customers with their bank accounts and allow them to pay for goods without cash or a credit card.

‘Imagine going to the store and your wallet is already there.’ That’s the opening line of the promotional video for Uniqul, a payment system that uses facial recognition software to let customers pay for purchases without the need for cash, a credit card, a wallet or mobile phone.

The Finland-based company is getting ready to release the system in the Helsinki area. The system works with a Uniqul tablet placed at check-out stations. The tablet would take a photo of the customer’s face as they approach and would retrieve the customer’s account by processing their biometrical data. The customer would need to press ‘OK’ on the tablet to complete the purchase.

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