We (apparently) just can't pass up a good vending machine around here, but this one is admittedly pretty cool, since it scans your face and body when you approach and guesses what you want to buy. Oh, and it has a pretty sweet transparent HD screen instead of simple glass.
I'd like to think that I'm enough of an independent adult to make my own decisions about vending machine purchases, but now that we've learned how Mountain Dew is full of flame retardant, I'm not entirely sure I trust myself. Good thing there's a vending machine that's smarter than I am that can tell me not to buy the stuff! An HD video camera uses anonymous (they say) face and body type recognition to figure out what demographic you belong to, and then it'll try and sell you whatever product you'd be interested in if you were, you know, normal.
The other nifty thing about this is of course the 65 inch HD display that's also transparent. It looks like just a black and white LCD, but still, not bad, right? Like most extra-cool things, this is just a prototype, but you can admire it (and try to figure out just what the heck it's selling and whether it involves elephants) in the video below.