Here are two things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?
1 — Barclays will be bringing a barcode reader to your smartphone soon.
The British bank’s Barclaycard division is testing out a “Grab+Go” app that will eliminate the need to wait in long lines at the store by turning the user’s smartphone camera into a barcode reader. This “pocket checkout” works by having the shopper scan each item being purchased and then checking out via the smartphone app. (Source: Engadget)
Why this is important for your business:
Barclaycard believes the app will “work best in independent shops and smaller convenient stores – the kind of places customers dive in to for just a few items.” Look for this technology to make its way here very soon, adding convenience and speed for your customers
2 — Facial recognition technology is coming to air travel and home security.
Rather than having passengers present physical documents to get on board their flight, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue are planning to use fingerprints, irises or even faces to work as ID. In other news, security company Nest has unveiled its new Nest Cam IQ with a subscription service that includes facial recognition learning to identify people, so users can easily tell if the person at the door is a child home from school or a pesky solicitor. (Sources: Bloomberg and Forbes)