Kraft is promoting Temptations, its first line of indulgent adult desserts, with ‘adult only’ vending machines equipped with facial-recognition devices.
Adults are verified and sent a code via text or barcode that they can use to dispense their choice of six Temptations flavours. If a kid tries to get a taste, the panel illuminates with the message: ‘Sorry, kid. You’re too young to experience indulgence like this. Please step away so the adults can get their free treat.’
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In Japan, you can buy a cold drink and wireless internet access from the same vending machine. Drinks brand Asahi has unveiled vending machines that send out wi-fi signals with a 50m radius, and plans to roll out 10,000 machines over the next five years. (Cheers Ads)
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Cambodian telecoms provider, qb, is taking wifi to the streets with a fleet of 15 tuk-tuks.
Launched in Phnom Penh last year, the tuk-tuks provide free internet access to anyone in the immediate area, and serve as a showroom for the company’s products and services, which can be purchased on the spot. More tuks tuks will be rolled out to other Cambodian cities like Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Batambong.
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A new Japanese vending machine uses facial recognition technology to recommend canned drinks based on the customer’s age and gender. Not surprisingly, sales have tripled over those from regular vending machines. (Thanks to our Builders Tea man, Mr Chiu.)
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Food vans and fans came out in support of The Justice Food League, a band of food superheroes trying to save Denver one meal at a time. These vendors are reinventing meals on wheels to create affordable gourmet food like kimchi tacos, truffle mac-n-cheese balls and tempeh bacon banh mi (bacon for vegans). Many of these mobile kitchens are refurbished relics saved from the junkyard and powered by bio fuels and solar power.
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Hot on the heels of the ‘Make You Happy’ campaign from Walls Ice Cream comes the ‘Open Happiness’ campaign from Coca-Cola. (Thanks to our Make Mine a Builders tea-drinking chum, Mr. Chiu.)
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