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Chip Shot: Intel Enables Smart Vending Machines

vending_reference_design_pic.jpgImagine a vending machine with interactive touch screens, HD video, touchless product selection, contactless payment and can even make recommendations based on your preferences. Intelligent vending machines can make the purchasing experience more personal, interactive and fun for consumers while allowing brands and operators to utilize new business opportunities, cloud services and data analytics. However, many of today’s machines lack the computing power, connectivity, security, manageability and ease of reprogramming needed to support advanced services. To simplify the task of upgrading the computing power of vending systems, Intel developed the Intel® Reference Design for Intelligent Vending. The reference design contains the hardware and software components vending machine manufacturers need to architect future IoT-ready machines or to retrofit existing ones.