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