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Your eyes only: Japan e-pay platform can detect faces over masks

Developer Glory launches 10-store trial for 'hands-free shopping street'

Niigata Mayor Yaichi Nakahara tries out Glory's facial recognition system at a cafe. (Photo by Shinichi Hashimoto)

NIIGATA, Japan -- Japanese tech company Glory is piloting a contactless payment system that solves one of the intractable problems brought on by the pandemic -- recognizing customers' faces even while they are wearing masks. 

Niigata Mayor Yaichi Nakahara was one of the first to try out the system at a cafe in the Sea of Japan coast city on Jan. 15, the day the program was rolled out. 

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