Thursday, December 29th 2011

Japanese Vending Machines Double Up as Free WiFi Hotspots

You have got to love the ingenuity behind this latest marketing idea from Japan, by a company named Asahi Soft-drinks. They've designed a new drink vending machine, which comes with a low-power (small coverage area) WiFi hotspot that's completely free to anyone standing close to the machine (you don't have to buy anything from the machine). So while your phone, tablet, or notebook is juicing up on some free bits and bytes, you can juice up on the drinks that machine offers, which includes juices, sodas, shakes, and coffees. You'll obviously have to pay for those.


Source: TechCrunch
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18 Comments on Japanese Vending Machines Double Up as Free WiFi Hotspots

#1
majestic12
Have to try this out today! I should ask my brother-in-law where the closest vending machine is that does this (he works for Asahi) -thanks for the post btarunr!
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#2
CrAsHnBuRnXp
What is going to be great is that hackers are going to be standing in front of these machines hacking them for free drinks.
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btarunr
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by: CrAsHnBuRnXp
What is going to be great is that hackers are going to be standing in front of these machines hacking them for free drinks.
I'm sure the Wifi hotspot and vending machine computer are two separate components.
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#4
VIPER
Very nice and simple idea!!!

P.S. I love a specific Asahi "soft-drink" :D
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#5
majestic12
Maybe they'll put wi-fi in the used panties ones as well haha
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#6
CrAsHnBuRnXp
by: btarunr
I'm sure the Wifi hotspot and vending machine computer are two separate components.
I hope so.
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#7
RejZoR
Haha, just wait for the crazy japanesers to make WiFi hotspot powered dildos. The only hotspots that also works with the g-spot :D Khm...
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#8
pantherx12
by: VIPER
Very nice and simple idea!!!

P.S. I love a specific Asahi "soft-drink" :D
I was going to say, don't these people make booze? :laugh:
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#9
ViperXTR
im using an Asahi Brand of electric fan in my place 0_o
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#10
entropy13
by: majestic12
Maybe they'll put wi-fi in the used panties ones as well haha
F**k forgot about that one. :laugh::laugh::laugh:
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#11
Drone
Urinals should have wi-fi too!
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#13
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
They should be careful if it ends up being a vending machine that sells Apple crap Crapple might try and patent it.
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#14
NC37
by: Drone
Urinals should have wi-fi too!
Then you obviously haven't seen Toirettsu...

Another Japanese invention I can't wait to come to the states. Someday soon I'll be able to post to facebook how well I played a urinal game! :D
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#15
ironwolf
by: majestic12
Maybe they'll put wi-fi in the used panties ones as well haha
That's EXACTLY what I was was fixing to say. :pimp:
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#17
_JP_
Brilliant! This should expand to all countries!
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#18
Ferrum Master
In my country every telephone box on the street had a wifi AP for years... nothing special... :)
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