Seen below is a snappily dressed young man at an Electroncis Fair. He’s checking out the latest three way collaboration between Sanden, Okaya Electronics, and Intel, which is a ‘smart’ vending machine. What it has got better than its peers is a massive 65 inch display capable of displaying graphics and animations. Other than being an entertainment portal that attracts consumers, the new vending machine (it doesn’t have a name yet) by Sanden and its partners also profiles its patrons. But wait, there’s more.
This huge technological leap in vending machine features comes from a firm belief that vending machines can be more retail than convenience. That is, even high end items such as wine can be purchased from a vending machine. So the big challenge now is to create a seamless, interactive vending machine that’s capable of servicing the user’s wants.
Alas, this is but a concept so there’s no word yet on when it will be out. In the meantime, watch the video: