Modern vending machine technology has not yet reached the level seen on “The Jetsons” where machines woke, showered and shaved George and fixed meals instantaneously. However, today’s custom vending machines have certainly improved from the rudimentary machines of yesteryear. What vending machines will look like in 50 to 100 years is anyone’s guess, but it is fun to think about what kind of machines might be around during that time. Read below to learn what the future of vending machines could look like in 50 to 100 years.
One way in which vending machine technology will likely change in the next 50 to 100 years is in the way customers pay for their product. Next Generation Vending and Food Service is currently experimenting with technology that will tie a credit card to a person’s thumbprint. This will give customers the ability to pay for products using nothing but their thumbprint. Paying via thumbprint represents just one of many possibilities when it comes to scanning technology in future retail vending.
New ways of personalizing products to customers:
Although it sounds hard to believe, one way that vending machine technology could change in the future is by making the tough decision between a candy bar or a bag of chips for customers. When using this machine of the future, customers will walk up to the vending machine, and facial recognition software will read their junk food desires and select the perfect snack for each person individually.
The vending machine technology listed above is just a small taste of the amazing designs that are yet to come in the next 50 to 100 years. In fact, some of the above technology is simply unbelievable. However, it is unlikely the past generations ever thought that many of today’s vending machines would be touch-screen operated or house a wide range of products from office supplies to sodas. Therefore, “unbelievable” is a wise goal for vending machine manufacturers.