Today, at South Street Seaport, the future was unveiled. The future of how we'll snack, anyway; and really, what else matters? The National Automatic Merchandising Association showed off a dozen contraptions that do all kinds of high-tech things your office clunker probably doesn't: give you nutrition information, accept credit cards, make cotton candy, and offer gluten-free and even Kosher products. Luckily, none of them seem to sell bananas. Glimpse the future, straight ahead in our slideshow.
Seattle's Best Coffee
Makes everything from black coffee to cafe au lait for less than beverages would cost in a Seattle's Best retail store.
Gift a friend a Pepsi via the touch-screen interface and it will text them the redemption code; send video messages and get nutritional info, too.
This energy-efficient machine lets you see the nutritional information of its organic, vegan, gluten-free, and Kosher snacks. Allows users to search based on "gluten-free" or other preferences.
Pepsi Recycle Machine
Accepts recyclable items and allows users to build up points for recycling, which can then be redeemed for cash or prizes like movie tickets.
Accepts credit cards and offers sure-vend technology to avoid those pesky instances where you pay for an item only to watch it get stuck on the way down.
This vending machine aims to be a tiny, wireless convenience store. Advertisements on the front of this snack-vending system change every seven to ten seconds. Credit-card enabled, with the capacity for bulk purchasing.
Crane Media Platform
Two vending machines with a central PC connection allow users to buy drinks and snacks in one swipe.
Cotton Candy Machine
Fourteen flavors of cotton candy for $3 each (and only 70 calories).
This touch-screen machine makes a jingling sound when you purchase a beverage. Currently in use at Fordham University.
An unmanned convenience store kiosk with self-checkout and an emphasis on gourmet food, healthy choices, and non-soda beverages.
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