DailyDirt: Smarter Soda Machines

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Water fountains have improved somewhat over the years, but soda machines are really getting quite advanced. Not just limited to refrigerating sugary beverages, these vending machines are going to start tracking consumer behavior and offering some entertainment along with a frosty refreshment. Here are just a few examples of high-tech vending machines trying to connect with customers to sell more soft drinks. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.


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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 12th, 2012 @ 5:56pm

    I can just see it now...

    When the processor in a soda machine costs more than all the sodas in the machine itself, there'll be high-tech thieves extracting those cores....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 12th, 2012 @ 5:58pm

    what's that old joke?

    imagine a Beowulf cluster of those coke machines?

     

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    Austin (profile), Oct 12th, 2012 @ 9:20pm

    Blue Screen of Death?

    More like Blue Screen of Thirst.

    Though really, they should just put Linux on these. My motto is "if it's good enough for NASA and a wristwatch, it's good enough for anything." Especially since you can install it on a dishwasher. Not all THAT different from a coke machine, really.

     

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    Pixelation, Oct 12th, 2012 @ 11:55pm

    " Getting to first base with the soda machine didn't offer any additional benefits."

    Uh, Michael, you did what?

     

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    @, Oct 13th, 2012 @ 11:37am

    Anybody here tried the thing where you push the soda selection buttons in a certain order and hold down the coin return lever and it's supposed to eject all the change in the machine? Does it really work?

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 14th, 2012 @ 5:18pm

      Re:

      A lot of these use the default password "4231" (i.e., 4th button, then 2nd, etc., going left-to-right then top-to-bottom). You can see the sales statistics, error logs, and some other things, but AFAIK can't reprogram the machine or make it dispense money/product.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 14th, 2012 @ 9:44pm

    Here's what really happened to that Coca Cola drinking polar bear.

     

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