Vending machines are seen everywhere, and they are able cater to our needs even when the shops are closed. As it is, there’s probably a vending machine out there for just about anything, from umbrellas to underwear.
Recently, Kraft Foods is moving on new trend, with their vending machine that serves free samples, but only to adults.
Kraft’s new vending machines have facial recognition software, used to determine the age of the person utilising the vending machine. The machine only allows those over a certain age to have free samples of their new product, Temptations by Jell-O.
The product itself is designed specifically for adults, therefore requiring the need to use this kind of technology to dispense the free samples. If the sensor detects that a child is using the machine, it lights up with the words “Sorry, kid. You’re too young to experience indulgence like this. Please step away so the adults can get their free treat.” A bit mean on the kids, but the product is supposed to be for adults.
When the sensor detects an adult, they have to either text a code, or swipe a barcode with their smartphone, select one out of six flavours and they get their treat. The code is required to prevent people from taking more than one sample a day.
Vending machines are getting smarter each day, unlike the simple gumball machines of yesteryear. It does make me curious to try this ‘adult-only Jell-O’, and I can probably think of quite a number of other products that could use technology like this.