Vending Machines of the Future

coke vending machine

No trip to Japan would be complete without a report about their **vending machines from the future.**

A few years back, when I traveled to Japan for the first time, friends put me on scouting missions:

>”Find the [robotic vending machine](https://secure.flickr.com/photos/sanchome/525890022/) that follows you around Shibuya!”

>”Find the [SMART car](http://www.japantrends.com/smart-vendor-car-vending-machine-in-shibuya/) vending machine!”

> “Find the umbrella / necktie / lobster / underwear vending machine!”

To varying degrees of success, those were hunted down pretty easily (although I regret never seeing the robotic Coke machine).

This time around, we had our quest to find the **facial-recognition vending machines.**

facial-recognition vending machine

The machines, developed by a subsidy of the train company JR East Co., **analyze your facial features to determine your age and gender and recommend a drink accordingly.** They also change recommendations to match time of day and temperature. It uses algorithms such as men prefer canned coffee and women like slightly sweeter drinks.

**[Sales from these machines have tripled](http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/11/15/us-japan-machines-idUSTRE6AE0G720101115)** in comparison to regular machines.

**The photo is of Peter, disapproving of the machine’s recommended energy drinks, since he in fact wanted an orange juice.**

A near-perfect future. ^^

Image: Japan Vending Machine Free Drinks / CC BY-SA 2.0

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  1. tamjpn · April 18, 2012

    so you found one. great! ;)
    try some others next time.

    Video: Japan Gets Vending Machine 2.0 With See-Through Full HD Display, Facial Recognition
    http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/20/video-japan-vending-machine-2-0/

    Japan Gets Wi-Fi Dispensing Vending Machines
    http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/28/japan-gets-wi-fi-dispensing-vending-machines/

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