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Yawning Travelers Receive Free Coffee Thanks to the Magic of Facial Recognition Software

coffee vending machine

Only boring people are bored. But sometimes it’s okay to be a boring person, because it might get you an automatic cup of joe thanks to this fancy new coffee maker, provided you yawn in its face.

The vending machine is a branded publicity stunt, as most free drink dispensers historically have been. It’s part of Dutch company Douwe Egberts’ “Bye Bye Red Eye” campaign. Read More

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Never Speak to a Super Market Employee Again with This ‘Freeosk’ Free Sample Dispenser

Welcoming. (Photo: Freeosk, fastcompany.com)

It’s always great when food stores give out free samples. But sometimes, when we’re perusing Sam’s Club on a Sunday afternoon trying to fit as many free pigs-in-a-blanket as possible inside our mouths at once, we can’t help but think, “God damn, where is all the data behind this? And why did I just have to look into the face of another human to get this food?” Read More

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Good Thing We’re Tech Bloggers, Or We’d Never Have Noticed The Free Payphone Wifi

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Yesterday, New York City rolled out a program turning increasingly useless old payphones into free Wifi hotspots. The coverage has been positive, as one might expect: What’s not to like about free Wifi?

But we do have one complaint: If we weren’t tech bloggers, we probably wouldn’t have noticed that this particular payphone was anything out of the ordinary.  Read More