>> Thursday, September 9, 2010
Check out this new Japanese vending machine. Instead of the old plastic bottles on display with push buttons for the choices, it has a 47-inch touch panel display. Customers can use the panel to zoom in on products and read more information about them too.
When people come near the vending machine, sensors detect age and sex with a reported 75% accuracy, and the machine makes recommendations based on those factors as well as the season, time of day, and temperature. When no one is near it, it cycles through different full-screen advertisements, including the one in the video that has big, blinking eyes and says, "I'm thirsty!"
The first of its kind, the "Smart Vending Machine" has been installed in Tokyo's Shinagawa Station.