Smart Vend Solutions launches ‘point and vend’ technology in the UK

G-Drink croppedThe G-Drink 9 FP operates with an interactive glass front, which enables the user to point their finger directly at a product to make and confirm a selection, and then collect their order without once touching the machine when using a cashless payment card.

This major hygiene advancement, created by Sanden Vendo, is made possible by state-of-the-art gesture recognition software based on camera sensors to accurately identify a user’s product choice.

Publically exhibited for the first time at this year’s AVEX 2015, the machine was a stand-out attraction for exhibitors and visitors. Further to its hygienic benefits the G-Drink 9 FP’s unique camera sensor technology also presents a first-of-its-kind yet long-overdue vending accessibility solution. When a disabled user, who may not have previously been able to reach a traditional stationary control panel, approaches the machine and points at the highlighted wheelchair symbol, the machine’s cameras will calibrate themselves to ensure the user is able to easily point and select any item in the machine.

Smart Vend Solutions MD Malcolm Standage commented: “Every decision taken during the creation of this machine has been taken in the interest of both the operator and the end-user to deliver a new benchmark for customer interactivity in the vending market. This has resulted in this innovative and personal ‘point and vend’ experience for all users, including, for the first time, those who previously may never have been able to enjoy this individual retail experience.”