You can now buy apps via NFC vending machine
Move aside, Apple iTunes App Store. Vending machines have been used to sell everything from toothbrushes to condoms – and now creative agency Razorfish has created a digital vending machine that sells ebooks and apps.
Digital Gum Goods is a repurposed gumball machine kitted out with a Samsung Galaxy tablet, an NFC sensor and two Arduino microcontrollers. Pop your pennies in the slot and hold your NFC-equipped phone up to the sensor, and it’ll automatically download your purchase – anything from an app to an ebook, movie or coupon.
Yes, it’s a bit daft – after all, you could just dial up the app store on your phone. But the idea is to get people thinking about how NFC tech can bring the physical and digital worlds together. And we could see how it could be a handy way of getting rid of some loose change.