At the Consumer Electronics Show last month, Samsung revealed a touch screen vending machine called uVending. It has sensors and Wi-Fi that gauge restocking needs and measure sales performance, as well as a camera meant to ward off potential vandals. The customizable gadget will be released this year in malls across the country and later in the United Kingdom.
The 46-inch screen will prominently display animations and an interactive list of options. Consumers are even able to take a detailed 360-degree view of the product on the screen prior to purchase.
According to The Washington Post, the very first vending machine was invented in 215 B.C. by Hero, an Alexandrian mathematician. His coin-operated invention dispensed holy water. While the consumer relationship with these machines has essentially remained the same, uVending allows a more interactive approach which creators and product companies hope will offer a more fun vending experience.