Facedeals: Making Big Brother a Deal-Maker.
Watch out, Foursquare and Square. Facedeals is a facial recognition camera that syncs to your Facebook profile.
The Facedeals camera is in beta in select Nashville, TN stores. Here’s how it works: you approach a resto you like and the camera passively recognises you. Minutes later, your phone tells you that you’ve been automatically checked in at the establishment. It’ll also send you a deal that you can immediately show the waiter to save money right that minute.
Users who want to participate must opt in to Facedeals from their Facebook accounts.
Given that everyone and their mom has Facebook, we can easily imagine Facedeals or a similar service becoming a mainstream commodity. Once that happens, it’s not unreasonable to dream up a Square competitor which will liberate you from wearing a wallet; the app could manage payment remotely by interfacing between the restaurant and Facebook, which probably already has your credit card information anyway.
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