Do you have the 3pm afternoon cravings for a chocolate bar? Those cravings could soon be denied when you are required to get the ‘approval’ by a vending machine.
Yes, you heard right… customers could soon be denied the ability to purchase snacks from vending machines based on their medical backgrounds.
Created by Italy-based Rhea Vendors, the ‘Luce X2 Touch TV’ vending machine uses facial recognition and customers medical records to determine if they should be allowed to buy an unhealthy snack.
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Springwise reports, the machines recently launched in the UK, featuring a 22-inch touchscreen display that lets customers select an item just like a standard vending machine. However, before the snack is released customers will have to go through a facial recognition check.
The technology detects the customer’s age, build and mood in order to determine whether the purchase is a wise decision. The machine can also be programmed to access information about the user’s medical records and purchase history. If the machine decides that purchasing a coffee with 3 sugars or the fourth candy bar of the day is a bad idea for their health or mood, it can refuse to vend the product.
While some customers won’t appreciate getting rejected by a machine, the idea could be a saviour for those on a diet!