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The Judgey Vending Machine That Tweets When You Twix

Apr 11 2014 - 4:30am

Meet the vending machine that tweet shames candy bar buyers [1]. Would you think twice about your sweet treat if you knew that an automated dispensary would tell the world about it?

Source: YouTube user Computerphile [2]

A UK-based group of creative crafters called Nottingham Hackspace [3] has revamped its snack dispensary into a tweeting machine that keeps its members accountable for what they eat. After a successful pledge drive, the group was able to buy the vending machine off eBay. The hackers then enhanced the purchase with Arduino [4], an open source electronics prototyping platform.

Using Arduino, they've modified the cash payment system with a little reader onto which members tap their cards. The cards have a little RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip that wirelessly transmits who they are and how much money is on their card to the vending machine.

It also communicates with the Nottingham Hackspace server, Holly [5], who then tweets your candy bar purchase. We're thinking that we'll need to get one of those in our office.

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