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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Face recognition machines to stop under-age smoking - not!

Everyone knows that smoking causes the skin to age unnaturally and lines to appear around the eyes prematurely, but who could have guessed that smokers would one day be thankful for their tobacco-induced wrinkles?

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Networked drinks machines keeping the peace

The largest city in western Japan has just seen the start of an unusual security trial that uses IC tags, GPS and drinks vending machines to make the streets a little safer.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Coin-op drinks machines vend free with ads


If you thought commercialism of all sorts and advertising in general were pervasive in the West, then you’ve probably never been to Japan, where inducements to buy have been elevated to an art form.

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