This Japanese vending machine could have been from the sci-fi flick, Minority Report. There’s a scene where Tom Cruise is bombarded by personalized advertising — infrared sensors recognize his identity by scanning his eyes, allowing companies to know things like his name and how many times he’s visited a store.
Similarly, this digital, uber high-tech vending machine has an embedded camera that identifies your gender and age, allowing the machine to suggest products typical of your demographic. It even remembers your purchasing history, so it will tailor its ads to you every time you use it.
If you’re in Japan, go visit Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station to check out the brand new vending machine! Five hundred more units will be installed around Tokyo over the next two years.
And if you haven’t watched Minority Report yet, here’s what I’m talking about.