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.