Vending Machines Could Purposely Delay Unhealthy Snacks

If you wanted a bag of Doritos from one of these experimental vending machines, you’d have to wait. Brad Appelhans, associate professor of preventative medicine at Rush University Medical Center, designed a device that fits inside of vending machines and waits 25 seconds before releasing the typical processed snacks. But healthier fare — like peanuts or popcorn — drops instantly.

Think of it as a sort of “time tax.” The idea is that every second you spend waiting for a snack will make you want it less, similar to how a tax on sugary drinks might get you to buy less soda, Appelhans says.

“We were interested in the ability to test whether time delays can nudge people to healthier choices,” he says.

Morning-after pills should be available on college campuses around the clock

Morning After pills should be available on college campuses around the clock

Morning After pills should be available on college campuses around the clock. Sarah Riback doesn’t have personal experience with getting the pills on campus. But the 19-year-old at the University of Maryland knows peers who have needed them. “This is a common thing that a lot of other female students have had to do,” she said.

She’s talking about emergency contraception. Riback and other advocates say morning-after pills should be available on college campuses at all hours.

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Ford tests vehicle service kiosks

Ford is testing smart vehicle service kiosks aimed at increasing customer convenience related to vehicle service, according to a press release. The vehicle service kiosks allow customers to come to the dealership at any time to drop off and pick up their vehicle keys or obtain keys to a loaner vehicle, select needed services from a quick-pick menu, and pay for service using a credit or debit card.

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New York installs 50 solar-powered parking kiosks

New York installs 50 solar-powered parking kiosks. No more need for loose change.

Binghamton, New York has rolled out its final 50 solar-powered parking kiosks, replacing almost all of downtown’s old meters with electronic, solar-powered kiosks that accept credit and debit cards, coins and $1 bills, five months after Mayor Richard David unveiled a pilot program for the kiosks. Almost all of the roughly 800 old meters will give way to 55 kiosks, each of which covers about a block of parking spaces.

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Facial recognition kiosks now greet visitors at Ottawa airport

Facial recognition kiosks: The newest technological development in kiosk manufacturing.

It’s a sure sign that your vacation is coming to an end. That moment when the flight attendant walks down the aisle of the plane, handing out declaration forms, as passengers scramble to find a pen. But the days of the paper form are numbered.

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Apple’s Next Big Thing: Augmented Reality

Apple’s Next Big Thing: Tim Cook has talked up a lot of technologies since becoming Apple Inc.’s chief executive in 2011. Driverless cars. Artificial intelligence. Streaming television. But no technology has fired up Cook quite like augmented reality, which overlays images, video and games on the real world. Cook has likened AR’s game-changing potential to that of the smartphone. At some point, he said last year, we will all “have AR experiences every day, almost like eating three meals a day. It will become that much a part of you.”

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Don’t Fear the Vending Machine. Tips from a Kiosk Manufacturer

Don’t Fear the Vending Machine – it’s really your friend.

There are so many healthy choices today, that after a workout you can head to the vending machine with confidence.

Working hard builds up an appetite, and the vending machine can offer a quick fix to satiate any hunger pang. But do you know what the best and worst options are inside that glass box of goodies? We break down the snacks that are excellent, the ones that are so-so, and the ones that are hazardous to your diet and fitness goals.

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The World’s Most Unusual Vending Machines

The World’s Most Unusual Vending Machines.

Soda, candy, cigarettes, maybe even an iPod—these are products most people expect to see sold in vending machines. However, if you take a trip around the globe—or even around our own country—you’ll find some vending machines that sell things you would never think of buying from an automated appliance. And we’re not just talking about the used schoolgirl underwear vending machines that are now outlawed in Japan. Take a look at the world’s most unusual machines.

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Kiosk Manufacturing will Impact the Future of Retailing

Kiosk Manufacturing will Impact the Future of Retailing.

Tom Hall, Executive Vice President of Alps Innovations, was interviewed by Bert Martinez about the future of retailing and the proliferation of automated, self-service kiosks. Tom is one of the leading authorities on kiosk manufacturing, and has helped clients throughout the world develop automated stores. But will automation eventually overtake traditional brick and mortar retail stores? The answer may surprise you. Listen to Tom’s interview and hear his unique perspective. You will hear him discuss kiosk manufacturing, automated retailing, and the future of retailing.

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The Anatomy of Kiosk Manufacturing

Kiosk Manufacturing can range from wonderful to worrisome. It is important to carefully evaluate when you are seeking world-class retail kiosk manufacturing.

Successful kiosk design is both an art and a science, with the best-designed kiosks leveraging appealing esthetic design practices together with the latest technologies. Well-designed kiosks are simple, durable, engaging and empowering. Overall, successful kiosk design creates a compelling package that rewards users and host organizations alike.