Coco-cola introduces a new vending machine with many high-tech features. It makes me want to buy a six-pack of Coke Zero only to see how it dispenses. I just hope the cost of soda doesn’t go up, as a result of this technology makeover. Right?
At the Intel Development Forum 2012 in San Francisco, Coca-Cola introduced a new vending machine that comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, which appears in high-end computers. It comes with a 46-inch video screen that acts like a touch screen for one to select a beverage of preference. You tap on the item and voila it dispenses your drink. After you get the drink in hand, the machine turns into a photobooth. Just so you can tell your friends you bought a Coke Zero. It sounds pointless, but it’s the company’s way to collect user information.
The screen has a full 1080 high-definition playback and microphone. It has a Wi-Fi wireless network, QR code reader, NFC plus includes the basics like a change holder, money slot, ‘reject’ coin button, and a dispenser. Here’s hoping that once Coke gets your contact information (ie: after using the photobooth), coke will send you coupons for savings on your next purchase with the use of the QR code feature. I like the NFC option because I never have exact change on me when I want to buy something from a vending machine.
The new high-tech vending machines are being utilized in South America. Are you excited to use this fancy machine? Or the traditional ones just fine for you?
If you’d like to hear parts of the presentation made by Intel's executive vice president, Dadi Perimutter, about this futuristic vending machine, here’s a link to check out:
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