Japan Debuts ‘World’s First Foot-Operated’ Vending Machine For The COVID Era
By Thanussha Priyah, 05 Nov 2020
Image via DyDo
As the coronavirus pandemic lingers on, many preventive measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of the public. However, there are some businesses that require an immediate change to keep up with the pandemic, and one of them includes vending machines.
Before the virus crisis, people would click on the buttons in vending machines to make their purchases but nowadays physical contact is strongly discouraged. So, a Japanese company called DyDo has come up with a new invention.
It has launched the “world’s first foot-operated” vending machine that is completely “hands-free.”
The new innovation allows people to use the foot pedals installed in the vending machines to make their selections. They can also opt for contactless payments by tapping their smartphones to the machine’s display.
Customers can also choose to preorder their items online and then scan their phones to collect their products.
The machine also includes a food tray, which opens when a customer steps on a lever. It is equipped with UV light sterilization to ensure the products are decontaminated the moment customers retrieve them.
As of now, the vending machine is undergoing its testing stages, and only provides edible items. The company hopes to branch out and sell essential tech gadgets and umbrellas in the future.
@DyDo_vm begun demonstration experiment of "Foot-operated Vending Machine" to deal with #NewNormal— GroovyJapanHQ (@GroovyJapanHQ) October 14, 2020
Just press the button at the bottom of #vendingmachine with your foot👣🥫#Machines #Japan #technews #Covid_19 #PandemicLife #Japonya #japonesa #ญี่ปุ่น pic.twitter.com/Uf6okvLmMG
[via In The Know, cover image via DyDo]
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