Vending machine uses facial recognition to deny you snacks

Now it’s no longer your mom reminding you not to eat that Twinkie.

A new vending machine uses facial recognition technology to deny would-be snackers from buying certain foods that don’t fit their personal profile. The machine can be programmed to identify users and remember their snack preferences — even accessing their age, medical records and vending purchase histories.

If the user’s snack choice doesn’t fit their profile, the machine won’t dispense the item.

Smart Vend Solutions just unveiled the machine in U.K., and says it can be programmed to keep children from buying cigarettes, hospital patients away from salty or sugary foods and keep dieters on track.

Launching the very first full production facial recognition technology represents an advancement which will bring unlimited benefits to businesses and consumers across the U.K.

Malcolm Standage, Smart Vend Solutions

But the proliferation of smart vending machine raises some possible short comings, such as the ability of people just getting someone to buy junk food for them — or the obvious privacy issues as it records your every purchase.

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