Why stop at selfies with the smartphone? Vending machines in Japan will do the same, then share via Line chat


Yes, yes, selfies are here to stay. We have selfie sticks, and wide-angle front-facing cameras, even hats that have selfies in mind.

What if that is not enough? Why not take a selfie while buying a product at a local vending machine? As an added bonus, have that vending machine share your selfie of satisfaction share the picture on the popular messaging app, Line.

The popular Japanese beverage company, Kirin, is rolling out “selfie vending machines.” These contraptions are equipped with large LCD displays and cameras, allowing consumers to take a free selfie with a variety of branded backgrounds.

The machines will then connect with Line, a hugely popular messaging app in Asia, so you can share your newly snapped pictures with friends. Despite whatever gimmick factor, this is probably going to prove quite successful in a market like Japan.

There are plenty of other applications for these machines, such as conveying special promotions, or local ads, or emergency alerts. There is also no shortage of vending machines at popular tourist destinations, so the interface on these machines will include English, Chinese, and Korean languages.

source: Japan Trends

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8 Comments

1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Singapore already has something like that except it just a selfie machine and nothing else.

8. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

You mean a photo booth?

2. willard12 unregistered

If a 3rd party is taking the photo, how is it a "selfie." Apparently, photo booths and photographers have been taking selfies for decades and I didn't even know it.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I Assume You Actually Have To Press A Button For It To Take A Pic So Technically Its A Selfie.

3. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Can I use it to take a free passport photo?

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just use instant photo booth

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

is this the kirin 950,or just a vending machine?

7. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

The Linq Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has a selfie machine as well that is near the entrance of the parking garage from the casino.

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