The round, red objects that Tokyo’s runners have been encountering lately are not the exhausted faces of fellow joggers, but rather a healthy snack at the end of their run – yes, it is a tomato vending machine! The agricultural giant Kagome told CNN it has placed a tomato vending machine in a station providing…Details
Augmented reality creates a nexus between the brick-and-mortar experience and online shopping. Augmented reality brings the tangible experience of shopping — the ability to touch and feel — to the digital realm. The beginning of augmented reality & retail Augmented reality was first spotted on showroom floors. Retailers turned to AR to influence on-site interactions…Details
America’s Retailing Nightmare. Sounds like the title to a horror movie. But for too many executives, it’s a very real nightmare. The battered American retail industry took a few more lumps this week, with stores at both ends of the price spectrum preparing to close their doors. At the bottom, the seemingly ubiquitous Payless Inc.…Details
The 4th industrial revolution’s impact on supply chains and jobs is coming. Both retailers and suppliers are moving to a new era of intelligent machines designed to eliminate waste in supply chains and update old business models. This effort, called Industry 4.0, was widely discussed at the recent ProMat conference in Chicago, with several experts…Details
In the latest phase of the Greenwich Automated Transport Environment (GATEway Project) ‘Harry’ – London’s Driverless Shuttle prototype shuttle began driverless navigation of a 2km route around the Greenwich Peninsula. Harry uses sensors and autonomy software by Oxbotica called Selenium, which enables realtime, robust navigation, planning and perception in dynamic environments, to detect and avoid obstacles.…Details
What if you could get the morning-after pill with the press of a button? At University of California Davis, one student is making that possible. Parteek Singh, a 21-year-old senior, was running for the student government senator position when one of his friends suggested the idea of a Plan B vending machine. Shippensburg University in…Details
Las Vegas now has a new tool to fight HIV and hepatitis C: a Clean Needle Vending Machine.
Local health officials announced this month they have started a needle exchange program in an effort to prevent an outbreak of blood borne diseases, a potential occurrence among intravenous drug users. In Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, approximately 9 percent of HIV cases are found in people who use drugs intravenously, according to the Southern Nevada Health District. To combat a rise in HIV infections and other diseases, the Southern Nevada Health District and Trac-B Exchange, in collaboration with the Nevada AIDS Research and Education Society (NARES), launched the initiative earlier this month to install the Clean Needle Vending Machine.Details
Lucky Students At Drexel University Have A MacBook Vending Machine. University vending machines usually dispense soda and junk food, not $1,000 MacBooks. At Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a kiosk in the library spits out MacBooks free of charge for students to borrow and return five hours later. The kiosk is part of an experiment to gauge interest and see if more MacBook and iPad dispensers should be installed around campus.Details
Naomi Campbell, Charlize Theron Partied With a Champagne Vending Machine.
Every amfAR Gala, no matter where in the world it takes place, promises two things: a majorly glamorous (and well-dressed) celebrity turnout and a stunning amount of money raised for AIDS research. Such was the case this past weekend, when the global soirée returned to Hong Kong for the third time; Naomi Campbell and Charlize Theron turned up and $3.5 million was raised in a single evening.Details
Fine Art Vending Machine in London. With instrumental hip hop blasting out of the speakers and trendy Londoners chatting over drinks at the bar, the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen pub in Shoreditch doesn’t look like your archetypal art exhibition.