Vending Machine Uses Facial Recognition To Make Recommendations Based On Stereotypes

December 19, 2011


This a conceptual vending machine from Japan that features a see-thru 65" HD display and facial recognition software so it can make recommendations based on basic demographics like age and sex. "BEEP BOOP, my systems indicate you are a fat white male -- Flamin' Hot Cheetos and a Mountain Dew?" HA, shows how much you know, Vendo-tron, I want Flamin' Hot Cheetos and a DOCTOR P-P. *trying to jam arm up shoot* Don't get me wrong, new technology is cool and all, but this is overkill. If you can't see everything a vending machine has to offer in less than five seconds you're either blind or looking the wrong way.

Hit the jump for a demo of the what do you mean you're out of Watermelon Sour Patch Kids ?!

Concept vending machine knows exactly what you want [dvice]

Thanks to Simon, who once shook a machine so hard after his Snickers didn't drop that the soda machine beside it got scared and started dropping free Coke Zeros.

  • JimmyThr

    yeah, who doesn't look at a computer and thinks, can I make it be a Misogynistic racist asshole

  • This_Update_Sucks

    Because I just LOVE when people and machines, oh especially machines, try to guess what I am trying to order before I say anything.


  • Michele Allemand Hayden

    when my black coworker went there it gave him chicken wings and a 40 ounce

  • Guest

    I do like the part where it mentions about news and evacuation routes... I haven't heard anything about the nutrition information about each product? Hopefully that'll be part of this unit. I do also like the animation on the interface.

  • DomPearceDesign

    While I can see the whole "Advertising based on anonymous facial recognition" won't end well, I'm more worried that current See-Through LCD screens are incredibly difficult to read due to lack of a backlight. I'm sure being only monochrome helps, but it still seems a bit of a way to go before it's practical.

  • miezeljotschek

    The animations would bother me a lot, when I just want to see the products trough the glass. And I think I do not need a stupid vending machine, to recognize me, when I just want to buy some chips. And I can decide by myself, what I want, and do not need stupid suggestions.

  • Eventually they'll just start keeping a digital record of everyone who buys items from a vending machine. Over time you won't even have to push a button; the Central Vending Database will scan your face and know that for the past month straight you've eaten nothing but nacho doritos and Pepsi. No more time-consuming button pushing to get between you and your life fuel!

  • lol so apparently it thinks everyone in asia wants sushi

  • Leonidas Argidisouvlaki

    Really? Why would an Indian want sushi, specifically?

  • my joke = asians look the same. therefore the robot thinks all asians are the same  person

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