Since I don’t do a lot of shopping, I never saw this vending machine before. Perhaps, it’s all over the place but I’ve never seen it. I found this at the Westfield Century City Mall, or whatever it’s called now, near the AMC movie theaters.
It looks like a large sized vending machine but it’s a lot more complicated than that. Not only is there a touch screen on the right, plus a credit card swipe, there’s also another monitor showing demos on the upper left.
Also, the products don’t fall off the edge like a regular food vending machine. A robotic arm actually picks up the product. This same technology could be used to sell anything. I guess we’re only one step away from getting rid of cashiers altogether.
I didn’t buy anything so I’m not positive how it works but it looks like something they would have in Japan. They love robots over there.
I wish they had 24 hour vending machines that rented DVDs and video games. I guess with downloading, renting DVDs will be a thing of the past very soon too.