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In a country where vending machines are found almost everywhere, two Japan-based companies (together with Intel) have developed a sort of “vending machine of the future.” Sanden and Okaya introduce a concept vending machine model that features a vertical 65-inch full-HD transparent display and runs on Intel SandyBridge Core.

While idle, the display shows a digital clock and animations of animals, pictures, and texts to attract people. When a customer stands in front of the machine, its anonymous facial recognition system determines the person’s gender and approximate age to provide targetted advertisement and news. For instance, the machine would suggest to a female customer if she would be interested in buying cosmetics.

Sanden has a 30% market share for vending machines globally, including in the United States. This means this prototype could be spotted at a local convenience store in the near future. I wonder how the machine would react in case irate customers bang on the glass over a hanging bar of chocolate?

Source: DigInfo, via TechCrunch

 
 

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[...] Japan keeps on taking these gadgets to the next level. We have seen a concept vending machine with facial recognition and targeted advertisements, but Asahi Soft Drinks has introduced its new line vending machines beginning 2012. This is not [...]
[...] Japan keeps on taking these gadgets to the next level. We have seen a concept vending machine with facial recognition and targeted advertisements, but Asahi Soft Drinks has introduced its new line vending machines beginning 2012. This is not [...]
[...] Japan keeps on taking these gadgets to the next level. We have seen a concept vending machine with facial recognition and targeted advertisements, but Asahi Soft Drinks has introduced its new line vending machines beginning 2012. This is not [...]
[...] Japan keeps on taking these gadgets to the next level. We have seen a concept vending machine with facial recognition and targeted advertisements, but Asahi Soft Drinks has introduced its new line vending machines beginning 2012. This is not [...]

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