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The days of struggling to insert a crinkled dollar bill into a vending machine and watching your precious bag of Doritos get stuck on the way down may be over, thanks to smarter high-tech vending technology developed by SAP Hana.
The new solution allows consumers to scan a smartphone on a vending-machine sensor, which will activate a touchscreen interface with purchase options. The cloud menu recognizes the user and will eventually build a user profile based on purchase history. Consumers can select promotional offers and give feedback on their purchases. Gifts can be sent between app users, who will be informed via text of their gift credit.