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Vending Machine Recommends Beverages Based on Your Looks

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Leave it to the Japanese to excel in the field of unnecessary tech.

A new line of vending machines in Japan are fitted with facial-recognition sensors which can be used for drink recommendations. According to Reuters, the machines will recognize a person's age and gender and gear an order specifically to that demographic. Since being introduced, the sales have tripled over normal, unmodified machines.

It works like this: A large, touch panel screen detects the person approaching the machine. Based on other criteria -- weather, date, time, etc. -- the word "Recommended" will appear adjacent to specific drink selections.

A company spokesperson told Reuters, "If the customer is a man, the machine is likely to recommend a canned coffee drink, since men tend to prefer these. If the customer is in their 50s, though, that recommendation is likely to be green tea."

Women in their 20s will be offered tea or something slightly sweeter, as studies show that's what they prefer. Sounds oddly insulting though, doesn't it?

As of now, one smart machine has been tested in a Tokyo train station, but based off its success, five more will be added to another station this week -- with plans to add additional locations in the coming year.

But the technology won't really take off until it's implemented in Japan's panty vending machines.
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