Vending machine decides what you eat

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.


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!