A special treat is in the future for those looking for treats in machine. New technology introduces an innovative way to get snacks and drinks out of vending machines and it involves your face.
It takes maybe 10 seconds to buy something from a vending machine, but you need to have cash. For better or worse, the machine will never remember that I'm the one who made this purchase.
Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director at "Tom's List," recently met a much smarter mechanical-purveyor of salts, sugars and carbs.
"What's really interesting about them is how they interact with the cloud and how they use technology to know who you are," Piltch said.
The software company SAP built a vending machine that communicates with every other vending machine like it using facial-recognition-technology to identify who's buying what demographic they fall into and which snack they select most frequently.
Companies today salivate over data, the more they know about their clients, the better they can Taylor to them pitches is more likely to be successful.
"So if you're an older person it may market things to you according to your demographic," Piltch said.
Vending machines all working together to record every time we visit them should raise some privacy concerns if they ever decided to release that information.
"Yeah that would really make me nervous. It would make me want to start paying with cash if my health insurance company knew how much diet soda I was drinking," Piltch said.
Piltch says we can expect to see the first smart vending machines available to the public sometime during the next year.