London’s Driverless Shuttle

London’s Driverless Shuttle Begins Taking Riders

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.…

plan b vending machine

California University has a Plan B Vending Machine

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…

Las Vegas Vending Machine

Clean Needle Vending Machine in Las Vegas

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.


Lucky Students At Drexel University Have A MacBook Vending Machine

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.


Naomi Campbell, Charlize Theron Partied With a Champagne Vending Machine

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. 

Fine Art Vending Machine

Fine Art Vending Machine Pops Up In London

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.

But that’s the point of the new pop-up Vending Machine Art Gallery – the project is attempting to make art more accessible by hanging it in pubs and selling it via vending machines. Read more about the Fine Art Vending Machine:

Vegetable Vending Machines

There is no excuse for not getting your five-a-day in Shanghai, now that vegetable vending machines have been installed in the city.

To make it convenient for those seeking a healthy snack, the machines will operate 24 hours-per-day in the central area of Shanghai.
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Artificial Intelligence in Banking will Replace Tellers Within Three Years

Artificial Intelligence in banking: Artificial Intelligence (AI) will become the primary way banks interact with their customers within the next three years, according to a new report.

Four in five bankers believe AI will ‘revolutionize’ the way in which banks gather information as well as how they interact with their clients.

More than three quarters of respondents to the survey believed that AI would enable more simple user interfaces, which would help banks create a more human-like customer experience. Read more about Artificial intelligence in banking:


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.