Intelligent Vending Machine Suggests Drink Selections
The Japanese device detects a customer's sex and age to make personal recommendations.
The JR EAST railway company of Japan has set up a vending machine in one of its central Tokyo stations that can detect a customer's sex and age and recommend drinks based on these factors. The system has a 47-inch touch panel and a camera for detection; once the customer stands in front of it, it displays the recommended drinks highlighted with a red star, after which the customer simply has to touch the icon of their choice of drink. The vending machine allows customers to pay in cash, cards or via cell phones.