Alipay Lets You 'Smile To Pay' At KFC In China


The latest leap is facial recognition technology that allows a customer to pay by literally flashing a smile. It eliminates the need of a smartphone from the process of making a payment.

Since previous year, KFC and KPRO in China have become separate entities from KFC in the U.S. and is now owned by Yum Holdings that wants to encourage younger generations back into its franchises. Samsung, PayPal, MasterCard and NEC are among the firms that have been testing the technology. This 3D enabled service will work well and give you the best service hands-free.

Even though it looks silly, this new form of payment is actually something Alibaba has been working on for many years. Since, they are the big investor in Yum Food chain which has over 7,685 outlets around the country.

This service has been launched by Alibaba's Ant Financial affiliate.

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After using a touchscreen to place their orders, customers are given the option to authorize their online payment through the store computer's facial recognition system.

Diners can pay by scanning their faces at an ordering kiosk and entering a phone number - which is meant to guard against people cheating the system.

The restaurant serves a wide variety of healthy items on the menu, including freshly-squeezed juices, paninis filled with proteins like grilled chicken, smoked salmon or shrimp, craft beer, gourmet coffees and low-fat ice cream.

This could be the future of digital payment, however it will be limited for China for the current period of time. We may not be able to see such features in other nations of the world as well. The company offers devices that make use of facial recognition properties and provides them for businesses and government agencies.