“Our goal is to replace credit card swipes with face-based payments,” parent company CEO John Miller said in a press release (PDF). Security and the underlying recognition tech are being handled by NEC Corporation. While this sounds incredibly convenient, it’s basically just a high-tech way of pulling up a favorite order the way you would via a mobile-ordering app.
For now, the pilot program is only available at the chain’s Pasadena test store, and CaliBurger says that if it proves a success there will be a global rollout next year. If you’ll remember, that’s the same location where CaliBurger tried out robotic burger-flipping. Unlike that test, though, this one seems expressly designed to eliminate human employees.