A vending machine that dispenses beverages may seem very ordinary, but this one actually selects your drink for you. The JR East Water Business Company has invented a vending machine that uses facial recognition software to determine a customer’s age and sex, and make recommendations based on the information. So when the machine detects a 35-year-old male, it will recommend a highly caffeinated energy drink, while recommending green tea to a woman in her fifties.
The machine also recommends different beverages depending on the temperature and time of day. The recommendations that the machine makes are based on tireless hours of market research, and so far, the company that created it claims that beverage sales have tripled since its introduction. The machine is currently only in use in one location, at a train station in Tokyo. However, plans are underway for the addition of five more.