Yawn-Activated Coffee Machine Perks Up Weary Travelers [Video]

Yawn-Activated Coffee Machine Perks Up Weary Travelers [Video]

Douwe Egberts offers airport-goers a free cup of joe using facial recognition technology.

Ross Brooks
  • 19 july 2013

Traveling can be hard work and sometimes caffeine is one of the few things that can get you through the experience. That’s why Douwer Egberts set up this coffee machine that hands out free coffees when it detects a passerby is tired.

Located in OR Tambo International Airport, South Africa, the coffee machine uses facial recognition software to spot when someone yawns. It then dispenses a free cup of coffee to help the traveler make it through the rest of their journey.


The coffee machine was set up by agency Joe Public at the airport’s International arrivals terminal and dispensed more than 200 free coffees to the tired general public who managed to figure out how the machine worked.

See how much a cup of coffee cheered up these travelers – and try not to yawn:

Douwer Egberts


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