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article imageJapan unveils vending machine with animations and touch-screen

By Abigail Prendergast     Dec 16, 2011 in Technology
Japan has just introduced the next generation of vending machines. Boasting a 65-inch high definition screen and beautiful animated graphics, the future of mechanized soda distribution just took a turn for the aesthetically pleasing.
Japan has done it again; not only have they raised many a technological bar with video games, digital media and even pop idols, but now they have taken something into the future that most common folk probably would have never even considered. A joint effort between Intel, Sanken and Okaya Electronics has resulted in the prototype version of a touch-screen, animated vending machine.
According to GizModo, "the vending machine of tomorrow" boasts an astronomical 65-inch HD display that, like its predecessors, remains transparent as to allow potential buyers to see what they are about to purchase. The scaled-up touch-screen acts like that of one on your cell phone minus the graphics that often prove to be bright and distracting. In their place are subtle, yet beautiful animations (such as flying birds and moving foliage) and that keep the flow of transparency within the machine's touch-manipulated window.
What's more, is that it even comes equipped with an on board camera that identifies potential consumers based on gender and age so it can advertise products based on such demographics. If the camera does not spot people, it displays a large LCD clock and animations to draw potential buyers in.
This vending machine concept may not just stop at candy and soda either. As DigiInfo says, it can possibly go the route of distributing cosmetics and even wine. In addition the machine can even display evacuation routes on its screen in the event of an emergency.
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