The JR EAST railway company of Japan has placed an intelligent vending machine in one of its Tokyo stations that detects a customer's sex and age. With that information the machine recommends drinks suitable for the customer. All the buyer has to do is choose from the suggested options.
With a 47-inch touch panel and a camera for detection, this vending machine is technologically advanced.
Implications - Vending machines are an essential technological innovation in every work place, school and industry, but these age-old machines are evolving with technology and becoming smarter while incorporating a broader range of products from makeup to cigarettes and even swimwear. Some of these machines have even evolved to include touch screen capacities and sell a wide range of products from one dispenser.