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IoT gives Japan’s vending machines high-tech makeover

17 September 2017

 Vending machines in Japan have become increasingly intelligent. It’s all thanks to new technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), which allow people to enter a new world of smart and personalized shopping experiences. Now they are equipped with facial recognition and global positioning systems as part of a trend enabled by the IoT technology. Many vending machines in Japan are so smart that when someone walks by, coupons will automatically pop up from social networking apps on the person’s smartphone.

The drink can be purchased simply with a swipe of an IC card used for paying transportation fares. It was estimated that vending machines generated revenues of about 18 billion U.S. dollars in the country in 2016.