Friday, May 5, 2017

Intel’s R&D center has a touchscreen vending machine that dispenses computer parts

There are all sorts of vending machines out there in the world (just browse r/vendingmachineporn for a glimpse) but this particular one in Intel’s research and development center seems particularly geeky and endearing. Reddit user Glumbot says a friend spotted the machine inside Intel’s Folsom, Calif. office — it is used to dispense computer parts and supplies without requiring employees to request them from their IT department and wait for items to arrive.

The touchscreen machine, which runs on Intel’s Core i5 vPro processor and uses Intel’s AIM (Audience Impression Metric) suite, is also used to keep track of product inventory. Employees can use the self-service machine to “buy” parts by scanning their work ID and the...

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