GUNMA, Japan -- Sanden Corp. is reportedly developing a high-tech vending machine that replaces the typical glass facade with transparent touchscreen display. Products are visible through a 65" display, and high-definition text, pictures and Flash animation can be overlaid.
When patrons stand in front of the machine, facial-recognition technology determines their age and gender to tailor content on the display to match their anticipated tastes. When the machine is not in use, animations on the display, like a large digital clock, attract passersby. | SEE VIDEO
Sanden is developing the novel vending machine in conjunction with Okaya Electronics and Intel.
Sanden Corp., founded in 1948, was formerly known as Sankyo Electric Co. Ltd. It makes a wide range of vending machines. It also manufactures and markets automotive, commercial cooling and heating products in Asia, Europe and North America.
The company recently bought Toshiba's cup-vending business. It also unveiled a beverage vending machine that can continue to deliver product when its electrical supply is interrupted, as during a natural disaster. | SEE STORY
SandenVendo America (formerly Vendo) is based in Dallas. Its packaged cold drink venders are widely used in the U.S.