Facial-recognition data is typically used to prompt more vending machine sales.

  • Flying Squid
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    -13 months ago

    They have to go to every machine to restock regardless. All they have to do is note down on a little notepad or even an app on their phone what sells, what doesn’t and how quick.

    I’m sorry, I just can’t go along with internet-connected public vending machines. If you want to connect everything in your house to the internet, fine. But a machine that sells candy bars does not need to be connected to the internet just because it’s marginally more efficient to do so than the way it had been done previously for decades. Because it results in this sort of shit. And unnecessary price-gouging through selling a university expensive machines with an unnecessary connection to the internet instead of something that worked perfectly well already and didn’t cost as much money.

    • Aatube
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      3 months ago

      They have to go to every machine to restock regardless.

      But by managing stock over IoT one can minimize the amount of visits to only when machines need restocking, instead of also having to go to check stock

    • @[email protected]
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      13 months ago

      A $5 esp32 has more than enough computing power to run a vending machine, cameras and connectivity too. Would be cheaper than having to run all the analogue circuitry.