SCENE IN TOKYO: Touchscreen Vending Machine

SCENE IN TOKYO: Touchscreen Vending Machine

SCENE IN TOKYO
...wherein we sink teeth into a flaming cliché and fiddle around with homonyms and wordplay transitive to retelling our daily living, working, and existing as mostly sentient bipedal mammals, hive-minding about the big, big city...with video makers in our pockets!

[RELATED]
• Tokyo Street Shots: The Living Gallery

• More: SCENE IN TOKYO

SCENE:
Touchscreen Vending Machine (TRAIN STATION, TOKYO)

When it comes to product consumption vectors in Japan, whether they provide food, drink, or the random supplies of daily life, the only animals more common than convenience stores are vending machines. Useful, reliable, helpfully parasitic artifacts of modern Japanese life, and they're never more than a few minute's walk from...well, basically anywhere.

Meal tickets. Food. Drinks. Umbrellas. Random surprises. Buyable.* 

Touch It:
It's SuperTech

So, here's the math: If Location = Japan + Human Presence of One or More ∴ Vending Machine Exists in Immediate Vicinity, and they are really coming into the information age. Touchscreen units like this one here increasingly populate Tokyo area transit hubs, and it's worth taking a moment to consider the technological advancement and relative luxury these machines represent.

First of all, touchscreen vending machine, okay! 
That alone, conceptually, is amazing. Broken down a bit further, it's also kind of amazing that we have the societal wealth and material abundance to provide a supply of high-quality, touch-enabled, large-format screens dedicated to single-purpose vending machines. Well actually
, single-purpose isn't entirely accurate...

As you'll see in the video, these machines also provide information about the drink, are networked to provide the current weather conditions and forecast (and probably phone home when they're running out of stuff or being molested), accept mobile/cashless payment, and scan your face to determine your mood, suggest attitude enhancement exercises, dish out beauty advice, and provide stock tips.

...well, maybe those last few features aren't turned on yet - but these machines do have a camera watching the buyers, so "yet" is more appropriate that we might think. Have a watch. It's the future, man.

Oh yeah, and the past, it's still around, too:

Addendum on Japanese Vending Machine Ubiquity & Variety:
If one had to guess, one would guess that there are probably around 250,000 vending machines in in the Tokyo Metro Area (could be more, but I'm not counting), and naturally, not all are created equal. Almost all have lights indicating supply (e.g., red light = sorry, no chunky aloe sugar water or hot canned corn soup to sell at this time), some of them verbally welcome and thank you for your purchase, many accept mobile/cashless payment via NFC cards/devices, and nearly all are accessorized with built-in or adjacent recycling bins.

On the other end of the spectrum, in parts of the countryside, there are a few ancient survivors that sell beer and cigarettes with no age restrictions, and of course there are the run-down, crappy-yet-still-functional ones sputtering along, often to be found alongside rural roads in the middle of nowhere, yet somehow electrified and fully stocked. 

Japan, yo.

*Stories, urban legends, and secondhand anecdotes you might have heard about Japanese vending machines selling used women's underwear, handcuffs, ball gags, puppies, unclaimed white people, etc., while not necessarily untrue, are wildly exaggerated. The existence of a handful of those in the odd sex shop does not a cultural trend or proclivity make.

[MORE]
Food Tech News and Coverage at AkihabaraNews
Japanese Culture

• • •

Video by Nayalan Moodley, AKA DarcNoodles - Darc.jp

Source: 

Related Articles

Nayalan Moodley - June 23, 2014

REVIEW: Casio EX-100 Compact Camera

A Flagship with Many Flags
On paper, the Casio EX-100 seems the greatest imaging device in the history of our species.

Why Does Japan Get Dyson's New 360 Eye Robo-Vacuum First? - AkihabaraNews.com
The steadily plodding iterations of iRobot’s Roomba and its legion of copycats are old hat, and the collective We aren’t really impressed anymore. While the 360 Eye performs the same task, it stands out, and just kinda has that new robot smell. The talking points/broad strokes/things to know are:

Reno J. Tibke - October 01, 2014

Happy 50th, Shinkansen (VIDEO & GALLERY) - AkihabaraNews.com

新幹線
しんかんせん
Shin kan sen

It’s time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Japan’s most iconic technological achievements: the world’s first modern high-speed rail system!

From Panasonic's "Let's note" series, 5 new models of the RZ4 series 10.1-inch notebook PC will be released on October 17. Pricing starts at 160,000 yen.

It's a clamshell note PC. By rotating the screen and folding it, it can be used as a tablet. One of the Main features of the RZ4 series is that it weighs only 745g. It is currently the lightest among all notebooks with a rotatable screen.

You Tell Us: Did Sony's Sexed-Up PS Vita Ad Deserve to be Yanked? - AkihabaraNews.com
The YouTube spot features(ed) a seductively fem-British medical professional breathily placating and reassuring an implicitly male patient struggling with uhhh...struggling with himself...a little too much. It’s well beyond innuendo, but then in the reveal it turns out she’s not talking about self-interfering at all (watch below).
SCENE IN TOKYO: Shiodome Caretta Choreographed Illumination
It’s anyone’s guess how many millions do so each year: photographers work to get the shots, lovers make illumination viewing part of their date, entire families brave the cold, and even dorky tech Editors make the trip. The annual Shiodome Caretta display is considered one of the finest, and as you’ll see below, the why is no surprise.

Murata Manufacturing recently unveiled a team of 10 robots called the Murata Cheerleaders, which dance in formation while balancing on top of balls.

The Murata Cheerleaders are Murata’s fourth generation of robots, following the bicycle-riding MURATA BOY in 1991, the second MURATA BOY in 2005, and the unicycle-riding MURATA GIRL in 2008. All of these robots incorporate Murata’s proprietary core technology.

Just Saying
Yes, it matters that they're Korean!
...because, of course, AkihabaraNews.com is "Japan & Asia Tech • Cool and Cultural News." So, we saw this cool robot news, could hear in the accent that these researchers are actually from Korea, and boom: justification! (in fact, according to their MIT profiles, they both studied at Yonsei University in Seoul)

Nayalan Moodley - October 07, 2014

REVIEW: SJ4000 HD Action Cam (GALLERY; VIDEO) - AkihabaraNews.com
The FauxPro does lack some of its inspiration’s shooting modes and slow motion, but for most action cam needs it’s more than plenty.
Tokyo Midtown Illumination Animation: Japan is Good at This (VIDEO) - AkihabaraNews.com
From upscale shopping centers to out of the way local grocery stores and business of all sorts (even a few private homes here and there), Tokyo is currently enjoying a very tasteful veneer of light-based holiday spirit. Whether we call them Christmas Lights, Holiday Decorations, or simply, as do the Japanese, Illumination, there’s no doubt that Japan both loves to play the game and is particularly good at it.

Thanko released "Mobile Battery Na Video Camera", 3000mAh mobile battery that has a small video camera built-in.

The camera has a 5MP CMOS sensor and is able to shoot full HD movies (1280x720, 30fps) continuously for up to 8 hours. The video you take will be saved in a microSD card (maximum 32GB).

By selecting Motion Sensing Mode, it can shoot for up to 48 hours.

Pages