Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The new wave of drink dispensers

Sam and I were at Firehouse Subs for lunch the other day, primarily to check out the new soft drink dispenser by Coca-Cola. It's a computer screen with "ink cartridges" of soft drink syrup! You literally have a choice of every flavor of soft drink that Coke makes! Sam was more interested in taking a picture of the cartridges than the entire machine, so I didn't get a picture of the computer screen, but basically there is a computer monitor with a touch screen where you choose the drink (i.e. you hit the Sprite button and then have a choice of 8 different flavors of Sprite!! etc.), put your cup under the one lever on the machine, and voila! You have a customized soft drink. Now restaurants only have to stock the small cartridges of syrup instead of the huge bags of actual drink liquid. I was amazed and am excited to go back and try new flavors.

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