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The Vending Machines of the Future

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the i-can't-give-you-that-candy-dave dept.

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JoshuaInNippon writes "Not sure what you're thirsty for? New vending machines in Shinagawa Station in Tokyo will tell you based on your age and gender. The machines, controlled by a centralized server, come equipped with sensors that recognize basic costumer information, and then provide recommendations alongside the list of available drinks. A massive 47-inch touch panel display is used in place of the typical button system, allowing for an automatic digital advertising mode when no people are directly in front of the machine." A Massachusetts-based vending machine company has even come up with a line of biometric snack machines that tie your thumbprint to a credit card.

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Martini (0)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222604)

Unless this technology can tell the machine just by sensing me that I want a martini, it's worthless. But that's just my 2 bits.

Re:Martini (3, Funny)

spazdor (902907) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222628)

It sounds like it makes recommendations based on primitive demographic stereotypes. So try walking up to it in a dapper suit and with a sophisticated arch of the eyebrow.

Re:Martini (3, Funny)

by (1706743) (1706744) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222948)

If you're looking for a martini [wikipedia.org] , a dapper suit / eyebrow arch isn't enough -- you should probably be packing a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walther_PPK#Overview [slashdot.org] ">Walther PPK...

Tangentially related, a shaken martini is more watered down than a stirred one. Guess Bond's a sissy.

Re:Martini (5, Informative)

spazdor (902907) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223122)

That's what almost no one gets!

The original James Bond film, Casino Royale, was a much sillier spoof on the 'international superspy' film genre than the less tongue-in-cheek films which came after it - and Bond's odd drink preference was contrived to make him sound a bit poncy. And yet now he and his drink are the broadly accepted standard of suave manliness.

What the hell.

Re:Martini (1)

XnavxeMiyyep (782119) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223304)

I thought all the Bond films (barring the recent atrocities with Daniel Craig) were tongue-in-cheek. That was the whole reason they were so enjoyable.

Re:Martini (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33223414)

The Bond films were all a bit tongue in cheek at times, however, James Bond was the pinnacle of cool for decades.
However, in response to spazdor, Casino Royale was the first Bond book, but not the first Bond movie. Bond drank martinis in the books, and it was in no way supposed to be "poncy". He then drank them in the movies, starting in with Dr. No in 1962, five years before Casino Royale the move came out. Casino Royale was a spoof of the movies, based loosely off the first book, which at that time had never been made into a serious movie.

Re:Martini (1)

dbIII (701233) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223188)

What is you look like a man but want cherry cola.
C-O-L-A cola.

Re:Martini (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223262)

>>>It sounds like it makes recommendations based on primitive demographic stereotypes

So it's just like LastFM then. No matter how much I use that site, it always recommends music I DON'T like simply because it assumes a male in his 30s would like to hear X, Y, and Z when I'd rather hear A, B, and C.

Re:Martini (1)

skids (119237) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223368)

Try Pandora. There you just have to kick off all the house music once every 30 minutes. Or depending on the station seeds it might be guitar virtuoso crap instead. Much less annoying.

Being stereotyped by machines isn't exactly my idea of a good consumer experience. Why do companies think this sort of thing will impress customers? I'd be much more impressed if they just stocked a diet cola that wasn't sweetened with aspartame.

Re:Martini (4, Funny)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222630)

I should add, upon viewing the attached video, that I would under no circumstances purchase a beverage named "Pocari Sweat". Even if I knew what a "Pocari" was.

Re:Martini (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222806)

Then you're going to love the product description from JBOX.com [jbox.com] .

Re:Martini (1)

Antisyzygy (1495469) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222816)

Wikipedia

Pocari Sweat is a mild-tasting, relatively light, uncarbonated sweet drink and advertises itself as an "ion supply drink." It has a mild grapefruit flavor with little aftertaste.

Schweddy pocaris (1)

wrencherd (865833) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222852)

I could never figure out the marketing angle on that one myself. Here's the obligatory wikipedia [wikipedia.org] explanation.

Re:Martini (1)

tknd (979052) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223200)

Then how about Calpis [google.com] ?

Re:Martini (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33223228)

It doesn't taste bad, actually.

Re:Martini (4, Funny)

Kratisto (1080113) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223374)

I went to Japan a couple years ago and did quite a bit of cycling around Tsukuba. Pocari Sweat is like their Gatorade. It tastes fine at first, but the more you drink it, the more it actually tastes like sweat. By the end of a long day, you might as well be ringing out your shirt.

Re:Martini (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33222654)

Irrelevant. It has to tell if you want it shaken... or stirred.

Re:Martini (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33222934)

It can, but since it is a vending machine it can only serve it extra-shaked.

Re:Martini (2, Insightful)

laktech (998064) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222706)

It would also be quite problematic wanting to purchase a beverage for a child and all that becomes available up are Martinis.

Re:Martini (1)

Kepesk (1093871) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222716)

Japan has all the vending machines of the future, from beer to used panties.

That should be fairly easy... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222792)

...if you take your martinis at a certain time of day.

Even easier if you don't - it could just suggest it to you every time it notices you coming up to it.
I have a feeling it will eventually be right.

Profit? (2, Insightful)

Zironic (1112127) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222622)

Uhm, how do you make any money off your vending machine if it's a horrendously over-engineered piece of expensive technology?

Re:Profit? (2, Insightful)

Meshach (578918) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222720)

Uhm, how do you make any money off your vending machine if it's a horrendously over-engineered piece of expensive technology?

My guess it will be a combination of higher prices and a hope that the act of matching the customer to a perfect snack will make them come back for more and more.

Also my bet is that these machines will only be deployed in very high traffic areas inside high profit machines; not at the the gumball machine beside a bus stop in the middle of nowhere.

Re:Profit? (2, Insightful)

spazdor (902907) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222754)

hope that the act of matching the customer to a perfect snack

Hope is all they'll manage. Unfortunately human preferences don't work this way, and the only people who will consider the machine's guess to have been "right" are gonna be the people who didn't really have a preference in the first place, and are more swayed by the power of suggestion or confirmation bias.

Come to think of it, they're selling to the young Japanese public. They'll make a killing.

Re:Profit? (2, Interesting)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222916)

It doesn't matter if the machine is always wrong, as long as you can still buy a Diet Coke from it. It doesn't force you to drink one of their suggestions, but the novelty of the machine will attract some people, and if it is sitting next to a "dumb" vending machine, most people will at least try it instead, assuming the prices are the same. And the potential added sales of "Would you like a Nutribar with your Diet Coke?", which can't be too far behind, WILL increase sales.

Re:Profit? (2, Interesting)

Tiersten (58773) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222814)

Also my bet is that these machines will only be deployed in very high traffic areas inside high profit machines; not at the the gumball machine beside a bus stop in the middle of nowhere.

This and because it is also a massive animated billboard when people aren't using it.

Re:Profit? (1)

tenthkarma (1632363) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223178)

Also my bet is that these machines will only be deployed in very high traffic areas inside high profit machines; not at the the gumball machine beside a bus stop in the middle of nowhere.

Isn't that description appropriate to all of Japan?

Re:Profit? (1)

scottrocket (1065416) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222762)

"Uhm, how do you make any money off your vending machine if it's a horrendously over-engineered piece of expensive technology?"

Plus if the interest rates on your credit cards are through the roof? I actually enjoy Amazon one-click buy of cheap dvd's, mp3 downloads, etc., but the 17.99% rate just sucks the fun out of it. I suspect I would be equally turned off by a smart guessing machine that also causes me to incur an 18% liability.

Re:Profit? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223000)

So pay the bill before it is due. Then you get free loan basically.

Re:Profit? (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223112)

Not only a free loan, but cheaper than cash because of cash back.

Re:Profit? (2, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222820)

Volume!

Same way you make money on everything else... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222900)

You make MILLIONS of them.

In this case, it really helps if you start in Japan. [japan-guide.com]

Re:Profit? (3, Funny)

Dumnezeu (1673634) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223060)

Profit: telling everyone what to eat or drink. People are so fucking lazy that they'll bite this! "Oh, I don't have to decide what to eat/drink? How cool!"

Re:Profit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33223268)

I think some people will be helping themselves to some free 47-inch touchscreens.

Re:Profit? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33223338)

  1. There are millions of people who pass Shinagawa Station daily and a sizable fraction of that number transfer, board or deboard there. With that kind of volume, even a vending machine selling dog feces would still sell a few units per day.
  2. Japan isn't entirely populated by laser-wielding robot overlords, but there is a considerable market for new technologies, even if they're not particularly useful. (Cf. Asimo)

Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser? (4, Funny)

Tiersten (58773) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222626)

It is a trick so they can get rid of their stocks of a drink that is almost, but not quite entirely unlike tea.

Re:Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222894)

Share and enjoy!

Lets hope the "Central Server" doesn't do something important in its spare time like run traffic signals or something. It could be quite a disaster is somebody feeds in all this information about the history of the East India Company.

Re:Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser? (1)

Mogster (459037) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223370)

Lets hope the "Central Server" doesn't do something important in its spare time like run traffic signals or something. It could be quite a disaster is somebody feeds in all this information about the history of the East India Company.

As long as someone ensures that the manufacturers are first against the wall when the revolution comes.

Re:Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser? (2, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222898)

Are you implying those machines have GPP?

And give you a drink (4, Funny)

nfras (313241) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222642)

almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea

Re:And give you a drink (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33222730)

Damn, you beat me.

I For One (5, Insightful)

Some.Net(Guy) (1733146) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222652)

...would like to know how they knew who my costumer was!

Re:I For One (1)

clem (5683) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222766)

No capes!

Re:I For One (1)

Demolition (713476) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222868)

Obviously, these vending machines are geared towards cosplayers on their way to/from anime conventions.

Re:I For One (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222978)

Can't wait to see what the machine will suggest when a girl walks by dressed up as Felicia [wikipedia.org] .

I wonder (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222678)

A massive 47-inch touch panel display is used in place of the typical button system,

I wonder how many of these machines are going to get stolen?

Re:I wonder (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33222866)

A massive 47-inch touch panel display is used in place of the typical button system,

I wonder how many of these machines are going to get stolen?

Zero. There's the cultural difference of the japanese people in which they don't even think about stealing or vandalizing it. Then there's the fact they have "police boxes" sprinkled about the place. Also consider the fact that people just don't have any room to put it in their apartments. It also a high probably that it will transform into a robot to defend itself.

Stealing stuff and U.S. parcel delivery (2, Insightful)

Animaether (411575) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223302)

Zero. There's the cultural difference of the japanese people in which they don't even think about stealing or vandalizing it.

I find the same to be true about parcel delivery in the United States. Although I'm sure delivered goods -do- get stolen off of doorsteps all the time.. it appears to be relatively safe enough that people do have things delivered to their doorstep and just dropped off there left in clear view until they get home.. and most of the time apparently not have them stolen.

I wouldn't try such a thing in The Netherlands - It's not even an option, for that matter.. they just hold it back at the nearest post office (or sub-office; usually run out of other stores) if they found nobody at the address in 2 attempts to deliver - it would disappear in no time.

That said.. I don't see much vandalism of such display types here either. There's tons sprinkled throughout the more touristy cities either as commercial displays or information displays. Then there's the hundreds of displays used by real estate agents behind thin slivers of glass, etc.
A regular ol' bus stop, with no fancy technology at all, however.. those get vandalized with some regularity.

Re:I wonder (1)

olsmeister (1488789) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222876)

They know if you plan to steal them and pre-dial the police.

Re:I wonder (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222920)

Forget stealing, I bet someone will hack them to display hentai in public places.

Bonus points if they keep it touch-enabled.

how long before kids fake it and buy bear or smoke (5, Funny)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222736)

how long before kids fake it and buy bear or smokes?

Re:how long before kids fake it and buy bear or sm (5, Funny)

Korin43 (881732) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222776)

They sell bears in vending machines these days? I feel old.

Re:how long before kids fake it and buy bear or sm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33222780)

We've had a rash of underagers buying bear around here recently. They think they're cute and cuddly and the next thing you know some 14 year old is mauled. It's tragic.

Warning! Children, listen to me. Only responsible adults should be in the market to buy a bear. This is no kids game.

Re:how long before kids fake it and buy bear or sm (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222838)

Until just a couple years ago they still had [reuters.com] unregulated cigarette vending machines in Japan. Now the cigarette vending machines require something called a "taspo." These cards are free of charge by mail order with proof of ID, and "The smoker's picture will be on the card, although the vending machines will not be able to read the images, so they won't be able to tell if the customer is legitimate." Perhaps somebody from Japan can comment on the difficulty of obtaining a false taspo, but it doesn't sound terribly secure to me.

How liberated! (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222862)

Here in the states, we only have the right to bear arms, not to entire bears!

(Yes, according to phonics, "bear" should be pronounced like "dear" or "ear". Which is why I never put much credence in phonic. I think you mean "beer", which IS pronounced like "deer")

Re:How liberated! (1)

scottrocket (1065416) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222970)

"Yes, according to phonics, "bear" should be pronounced like "dear" or "ear". Which is why I never put much credence in phonic. I think you mean "beer", which IS pronounced like "deer")"

I got fed up (Chicago transplant to the west coast as a kid), & started pronouncing bear like Bayer, e.g. "Tomorrow, I will go Bayer hunting". Nobody ever questions my pronunciation.

Re:How liberated! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33222974)

Do you also have the right to bare arms?

Re:How liberated! (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223006)

Yes. Michelle Obama [go.com] proudly exercises that right!

Re:how long before kids fake it and buy bear or sm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33223040)

There are plenty of vending machines in Japan that sell beer and cigarettes. Nothing stopping the kids from using those -- faking not required.

Re:how long before kids fake it and buy bear or sm (1)

dbIII (701233) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223156)

Funny thing is there is a Rum and Cola drink sold in cans in Australia called "Bare". The advertising signs have a polar bear holding the drink.

Re:how long before kids fake it and buy bear or sm (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223294)

Locally it's known as "Bundy and coke". Bundy = Bundaberg rum.

Not sure what you're thirsty for? (2, Funny)

Monkey_Genius (669908) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222746)

How about Refreshing Crack! [nerdist.com]

Do not want (4, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222788)

I tried telling the machine my age and gender, and it just kept trying to sell me used panties!

HA! You think you are embarrassed now? (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222958)

Wait 'till they start offering you the results of your Google searches.

On huge screens, in public, on your way to wherever... [youtube.com]

Re:HA! You think you are embarrassed now? (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223052)

You don't understand! Sure, my most frequent google search is for "HD porn", but that's not really what I'm looking for when I'm rushing to catch a train!

Re:HA! You think you are embarrassed now? (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223202)

but that's not really what I'm looking for when I'm rushing to catch a train!

Your mouth says no, but your pupils, your accelerated breathing and your increased heart rate say "OH, YES! YES! YES! GOD! YES! MORE!".

Re:Do not want (1)

RicktheBrick (588466) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223054)

Machine trying to sell movies. Machine I am trying to verify your sex. Please remove pants. Machine displays video of two naked women making love. Machine Perhaps you need some help Machine's hand reaches out to massage genitals. Machine okay I now see what your sex is and what stimulates you so here is list of latest movies for sale.

Hello, Mr. Yakamoto... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222834)

...Welcome back to the GAP. [youtube.com]
How'd those assorted tank tops work out for you?

Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33222840)

"Not sure what you're thirsty for? New vending machines in Shinagawa Station in Tokyo will tell you based on your age and gender.

Really? For drinks? I think it would be a better fit for their famed used panties machines...

Only in Japan... (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222874)

The machines, controlled by a centralized server, come equipped with sensors that recognize basic costumer information, and then provide recommendations along side the list of available drinks.

So... it can tell what Anime a cosplayer is into?

In the fictional universe of MACROSS... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33223102)

The vending machine chases you to make a sale.

Recommendation based on couture (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33222878)

The machines, controlled by a centralized server, come equipped with sensors that recognize basic costumer information

There's a guy that is frequently seen around town here wearing either a) a kilt and full medieval highland get-up or b) a full-on Jack Sparrow pirate outfit. Wonder what he'd get from these machines?

Alcohol, naturally... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222996)

And, since the machine offers multiple choices I'm guessing whiskey and rum.

UPS! (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223014)

That should be WHISKY and rum.

Unless he also goes around town dressed as a leprechaun.

Why? (1, Interesting)

Un pobre guey (593801) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222912)

So it's not enough that billions of people have been conned into believing that drinking sugar water with artificial colors and flavors, at upwards of 140 calories per serving, is a perfectly legitimate practice. Now the public will happily rely on some moronic piece of code running on a vending machine's microcontroller to tell them what preposterous diabetes-inducing heart-disease-promoting obesity-cultivating beverage is best for a given moment. It's a safe bet that it will simply select an entry at random from the list of beverages currently in stock.

In case you were wondering, yes, I assert that the drinking of sugary soft drinks is not a legitimate practice that anyone should condone in their won lives or in those of their friends and loved ones. When is it OK to drink them? Easy to remember answer: Never. They are worthless inducers of disease that generally don't even quench your thirst particularly well. Do I favor making them illegal or otherwise prohibiting them? No. I favor freedom and liberty, but with those comes great personal responsibility. I do favor ending every single agricultural or industrial subsidy or tax break that directly or indirectly makes it easier or more profitable to produce and sell them. If you are stupid enough to drink them, you most certainly should be paying full price.

Re:Why? (1)

king neckbeard (1801738) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223116)

I would be okay with cutting down on corn subsidies, but I wouldn't say that drinking soda is never appropriate. I mostly drink water, but a soda often tastes good, and not everybody is concerned with living to be 100 years old, and most of the people that do attribute their good health to things like a pound of lard, a bottle of whiskey, and an assortment of sexual partners.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33223386)

... a pound of lard, a bottle of whiskey, and an assortment of sexual partners.

Or, as we refer to it around here, Tuesday evening.

Sacrilege! (1)

bledri (1283728) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223356)

Brawndo's Got Electrolytes!

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33223382)

Meh, they're ok maybe once or twice a year. Like most things that are fun but bad for you.

No thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33222964)

"A Massachusetts based vending machine company has even come up with a line of biometric snack machines that tie your thumbprint to a credit card."

Oh great, now if a bad guy wants a free cup of coffee he can just cut off my thumb and use it for himself and his whole crew. I think giving a vending machine company both my CC info and my thumb print is just something I will have to opt out of, thanks anyway.

Not new (4, Informative)

Dan East (318230) | more than 4 years ago | (#33222982)

I've seen touchscreen coke machines, where the entire front of the machine is a vertically oriented touchscreen panel, here in the US in malls:
http://www.newlaunches.com/archives/touch_screen_coke_vending_machine_by_sapient.php [newlaunches.com]

It doesn't try to guess what you want to drink, which is about as moronic a concept as those biofeedback quarter machines that tell you your love potential based on your heart rate.

it's a new implementation of an older concept (1)

bingbong (115802) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223004)

Back in graduate school I made a proof of concept vending machine whose goal was to be able to vend beer within the local council's licensing laws.

It was a combination of the early smartcards (8k), biometrics and micropayments.

The idea is a person would register showing proof of age, have their thumb print scanned, and purchase electronic 'tokens' which were then loaded into the smartcard with the user's print. To buy a beer, the user would insert the card, validate the print - the server would then authorise beer dispension based on time/day (local licensing laws) and if the user had a token (a digital hash value).

We did a proof of concept, but my lasting regret is a) i never published and b) i didn't get sponsorship from Guinness.

A mixed blessing I suspect.

What would really impress me... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223008)

...is if the vending machine responded "you don't buy crap from vending machines".

Vending machine knows you better than yourself (1)

Singularitarian2048 (1068276) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223046)

Now the vending machine just needs face recognition so it can base recommendations off of previous purchases...and who your facebook friends are.

And I want a badge saying I'm the "mayor" of a vending machine if I buy more sodas there than anyone else.

I want a virtual pet that I can buy virtual sodas for. He will gain experience points and armor and will battle other pets.

Somebody needs to learn English. (1)

kgroombr (608645) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223088)

The original article is correct in using the word "sex". Gender is the attribute of a word and not a person. Political correctness is killing the English language.

Re:Somebody needs to learn English. (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223176)

I'm wondering how this would affect transgendered people, actually.

If the machine sees that your skeletal facial structure is XY but you're legally female, would it know?

Petite Cola? (1)

demonbug (309515) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223090)

I hope it isn't on wheels...

In-Store Kiosks (1)

DavidD_CA (750156) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223126)

I was recently at a Kohl's Department Store (similar to Ross, JC Penny, and Sears) and was impressed by the rather large in-store kiosk they had.

It was very modern looking with a giant 27" touch display, portrait orientation, with a barcode scanner, credit card reader, and even cash taker like an ATM machine.

For software, it was basically just a custom browser over their in-store catalog, and they did a pretty decent job of making it a good experience.

In the end though, some glitch kept coming up that would foul the touch screen and cause input when there was none. And, I was rather upset that in order to place an order for homem delivery I had to give them my email address.

But aside from those two errors, the rest of the experience and the look of the kiosk was very quite cool.

Profiling (1)

king neckbeard (1801738) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223132)

I'd like to be able to get a 7up without being profiled by a machine, thank you very much.

Vending machine of future (1)

kaoshin (110328) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223136)

They need to make one that just has extra rows of mountain dew instead of coke/pepsi.

lol (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223180)

Firstly, I remember a miss-spent youth in which I and my friends would do all sorts of mean things to vending machines. Can you imagine what could be done to a machine with a 42" touchscreen lcd in just a few seconds? Secondly, a thumbprint payment system? Don't they know it's already been proven that thumbprint systems are incredibly easy to hack? (as in a photocopy of your thumb works on them) Just about every company that's attempted something similar has been sued into bankruptcy almost immediately after attempting to use the devices in the real world.

The Vending Machines of the Future (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33223218)

i think it sells google and verizon ....

Heres an example of a future vending machine (1)

asm2750 (1124425) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223264)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkgQFOOr7ug [youtube.com]

I'm pretty sure DoD will want a few.

The FBI knows about guys who build that! (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223336)

The FBI knows about guys who build that!

So, what is "costumer information"?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33223274)

Info about people that make/sell Halloween costumes?

When nobody is nearby (1)

joeflies (529536) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223292)

from the article, "In one instance, the machine popped up a big set of eyes, along with words that read “I’m thirty!”"

What the heck does that mean, "I'm thirty". Years old?

It would make a LOT more sense if the machine said "I'm thirsty" instead.

I hear they have vending machines with dildos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33223314)

And a great big faggot penguin on the side.

Costumer? A costume is required to use it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33223316)

You look like you need a dwarven brew...

gosh I wonder... (1)

Ozlanthos (1172125) | more than 4 years ago | (#33223378)

I wonder how long it will be before it is illegal to cook food you've grown in your garden/farm (from "genetically-modified" seeds or eggs).....

-Oz
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