The future of online shopping: Pay by selfieAmazon files a patent to allow customers to pay with a selfie, and it's not the first to try this concept. Also, eBay makes selling easier with free packing services by Shyp, and iRobot unveils its cheapest cleaning robot yet: a tiny mopping bot.
Soon we'll be making duck face to buy some duct tape. I'm Bridget Carey, this is your CNet update. [MUSIC] When Passwords can be easily compromised. Perhaps the safest way to shop online is using a selfie to pay. That's the idea behind Amazon's latest patent. It filed a patent application for a process to let shoppers Can make a purchase by taking a photo or video of themselves. It's just another type of biometric password to prove it's really you, but the concept isn't new. Right now you can unlock a Windows 10 computer by [INAUDIBLE] Scan your face. And MasterCard has also begun using selfies to validate online purchases in some countries. So how do you stop someone from just pointing the phone camera at an old photo or video of your face? Well, Amazon would tell you to blink Smile or move you're head at a certain time to prove you are a real human. Soon we may be in a world where we're too lazy to type in a password. In fact, there are many tech companies out to help those of us that are too lazy to do all sorts of things. Take Ebay for example, Ebay announced a partnership with the app Shyp That's spelled S-H-Y-P. Sellers in certain U.S. Metro areas can request someone from shyp to come by in 20 minutes and pack and mail sold items. Normally shyp charges $5 for the service but the fee is waived for Ebay users until the end of June. Ebay is facing a ton of competition from other apps that want to make it easy to sell your stuff, like Poshmark, [INAUDIBLE], [UNKNOWN], and Offer Up to name a few. So the battle is now over which service can make it easiest for you to sell stuff. Ebay's ship partnership is only for New York, Chicago, San Fransisco, and Los Angeles for now. And because we are too busy with online shopping and selfies, we have no time for household chores. So, iRobot, the makers of the Roomba, have come out with a brand new, tiny mopping robot that can get into the nooks and crannies of your kitchen, bathroom, and other hard-to-reach places on hard floors. It is the Bravo Jet 240, and it is a step-down from the previous model because it covers a smaller area. And it can really only run one room at a time. It uses pre-mix detergent and disposable pads. It's only $200, making it the cheapest robot cleaning machine ever released by the company. Another reason though why it's so cheap is that you'll have to charge the battery your. Its like a motorized sweeper. It does dry sweeping, [UNKNOWN] and wet mapping. If your interested hang tight for us to do some testing on it for the full review. But you'll start to see this in store in April. That's it for this tech news update and you can had to cnet.com for more. From our studious in New York I'm Bridget Carey.