Foldable cars, aerospace highways, robotic housekeepers…ok, so the 21st century didn’t live up to much of what The Jetson’s predicted. However, new touch-screen vending machines come pretty close to everyday space-age consumer gadgetry. Thanks to Kraft and Coca-Cola, the siren’s call of your mid-day vending machine penchant just got a little louder (and way cooler). Try it by buying a bag of pretzels, but motor out of there before you start absentmindedly tracing the snickers with your index finger.
Touch screen technology on a vending machine at the National Vending Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. (April 28, 2010) Find the article and original photo at The Chicago Tribune
You won’t find this prototype on the market yet (except in test markets) — Kraft and Coca Cola were showing off the goods at the National Vending Machine Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune.
How does it work? According to Christopher Borrelli of the Tribune: “Instead of an array of plastic-wrapped foods behind a plastic window, Kraft’s Diji-Touch resembles the menu on an iWhatever and offers images of those chips or candy bars. Tap it, the image enlarges. Brush the screen, the item swivels, allowing a peek at ingredients or nutritional information.”
This Winter…They’re Combo-ing. I mean coming.