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KFC's K Pro fast food restaurant allows customers to purchase their menu items with a facial recognition kiosk

Too busy to take cash out of your wallet? Don’t worry, KFC’s healthy store called K Pro in China allows customers to purchase items by using facial recognition software called Smile to Pay. The technology was developed by Chinese technology company, Ant Financial.

The payment feature works by having customers approach the kiosk to choose the menu items they wish to purchase from a drop down menu, wait in front of the kiosk until the system recognizes them, and then finish by typing in their phone number to have their purchase get charged to their debit card. An employee at K Pro delivers the items to the customer following completion of the purchase. The camera at the kiosk was designed to detect if the individual standing in front of it was alive to prevent someone from attempting to cheat the program through a picture or video recordings. The phone number was also added in for security reasons.

In a video posted below, Ant Financial showed the camera’s effectiveness of recognizing a customer, despite various costume changes or if the individual were standing in a group.

Ant Financial

Too busy to take cash out of your wallet? Don’t worry, KFC’s healthy store called K Pro in China allows customers to purchase items by using facial recognition software called Smile to Pay. The technology was developed by Chinese technology company, Ant Financial.

The payment feature works by having customers approach the kiosk to choose the menu items they wish to purchase from a drop down menu, wait in front of the kiosk until the system recognizes them, and then finish by typing in their phone number to have their purchase get charged to their debit card. An employee at K Pro delivers the items to the customer following completion of the purchase. The camera at the kiosk was designed to detect if the individual standing in front of it was alive to prevent someone from attempting to cheat the program through a picture or video recordings. The phone number was also added in for security reasons.