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Intel Makes a... High Tech Vending Machine?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 52 comments

Big vending machine is watching you.

We know Intel for its CPUs and chipsets, but did you know that it also makes vending machines?

We saw the Intel Intelligent Vending System at the company's Computex booth, complete with an Intel branded sticker. What sets this machine apart from other vending machines is its massive touchscreen display for showing items for sale, prices, and other information.

Using a screen instead of a glass window has its obvious advantages, as the machine can display more information about the products and other advertisements. The tradeoff is that buyers can no longer see the product uncoil and fall to bottom of the machine, but that will also help put an end to the "coil malfunctions" when it doesn't work.

Perhaps the most startling feature of this machine is that it features a built-in camera that interfaces with facial recognition software that's able to determine the approximate age and sex of the buyer – potentially allowing the machine to alter its presentation according to tastes while providing valuable market information to the vendor.

All of this was powered with a Core 2 Duo chip.

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    AMDnoob , June 6, 2010 4:14 AM
    will they make an extreme edition that allows you to tweak how hard it throws the item at you?
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    pangedit , June 6, 2010 4:31 AM
    But will it vend Crysis?
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    bipolargraph , June 6, 2010 4:51 AM
    That's a nice big LCD screen...
    All it takes is a kid with a rock...
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    Anonymous , June 6, 2010 4:14 AM
    The point of vending machines is to get your drink or item as quick and convenient as possible without stopping to read information in front of it. This will just be a novelty and pollute our minds and our environment.
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    AMDnoob , June 6, 2010 4:14 AM
    will they make an extreme edition that allows you to tweak how hard it throws the item at you?
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    BrentonMcGhee , June 6, 2010 4:16 AM
    but what will it be vending?
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    dragonfang18 , June 6, 2010 4:26 AM
    If only it vends all sorts of components, enough to build a PC, and a variety of each... Kinda like a New egg vending machine. In doing so it probably will be too big to get stolen, just as long as its built like a tank.
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    Kelavarus , June 6, 2010 4:26 AM
    BrentonMcGheebut what will it be vending?


    Intel hardware? If the packaging was good enough, I could see Newegg vending machines.

    *nerdgasm*
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    g-thor , June 6, 2010 4:29 AM
    What it vends will be irrelevant. The information it harvests from the built-in camera is worth far more than the sales it will make. Maybe we'll have to start wearing masks when we want to buy a candy bar. Privacy concerns, don't you know.
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    pangedit , June 6, 2010 4:31 AM
    But will it vend Crysis?
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    Anonymous , June 6, 2010 4:43 AM
    Whoever got paid to translate this to english should be fired.
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    bipolargraph , June 6, 2010 4:51 AM
    That's a nice big LCD screen...
    All it takes is a kid with a rock...
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    shreeharsha , June 6, 2010 4:55 AM
    Quote:
    Perhaps the most startling feature of this machine is that it features a built-in camera that interfaces with facial recognition software that's able to determine the approximate age and sex of the buyer


    but might not be intelligent enough to differentiate between a kid & a dwarf, or will detect a thin female as male....

    P.S., AMD might come with a more powerful (with Dual Phenom II X6 processor) vending machine concept, with a electronic cap connected to it (to be on user's head), which can sense users mind without even touching any screen, & displays required information.
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    seboj , June 6, 2010 5:07 AM
    AMDnoobwill they make an extreme edition that allows you to tweak how hard it throws the item at you?


    Yep, I just died laughing. Good times, good times.
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    proxy711 , June 6, 2010 5:09 AM
    I wish i had loads of money, the time, and the knowledge to make shit just because i can.
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    frye , June 6, 2010 5:39 AM
    Am I the only one who hates the idea of a camera identifying who/what I am when I buy something?

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    randomizer , June 6, 2010 5:47 AM
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    is it just me or does toms have a news story for every single thing intel does? I mean they cant even flinch without toms putting up one of these articles about it.

    Maybe AMD should look at presenting something interesting at Computex.
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    Arethel , June 6, 2010 5:49 AM
    At my last work place we had this vending machine with a big touch screen that had a game where you were to pick a square on a grid and possibly win something. I was infamous because I won the grand prize $500 right after I started working there, to the dismay of previous employees that were trying for years.

    This machine was running linux and had a fingerprint reader so that you could store money into an account. It also had headlines of breaking news and what not. I remember one day having a conversation with some co-workers about how, ehem, facinating one of the ice cream advertisements was. Think, Magnums from the UK.
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    demn , June 6, 2010 6:06 AM
    *Seeing the acts of vandalism we can do now and the repair bill that vendor will pay*
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    lonepasserby , June 6, 2010 6:47 AM
    I'd probably think twice before buying there: Big Intel is watching you.
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    dEAne , June 6, 2010 6:53 AM
    I hope this will work coz I have seen lots of dead vending machines, its like robots at the other side of the road.
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    stm1185 , June 6, 2010 6:59 AM
    I bet some engineer got his money eaten, and VOWED NEVER AGAIN!
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