Have you ever been thirsty but short a few bucks? It’s not pleasant.
Luckily for all us cheapskates, Pepsi has a new interactive vending machine that challenges customers to a game of keepy-uppy and rewards them with soda.
Using Microsoft’s Kinetic technology, Pepsi will release 20 of these machines across the world, with just one in North America — at Dallas Forth Worth Airport of all places.
Per the press release:
"The interactive vending machine allows customers to show off their soccer skills utilizing Microsoft Kinect technology, with no purchase necessary. Users can create an avatar with their name and begin earning points immediately. Throughout the interactive experience, fans are encouraged to keep the virtual football in the air for 30-seconds as they move through a series of skills challenges. Advanced players can earn bonus time and compete for “Hall of Fame” recognition at each location."
Sure, you’ll look pretty foolish juggling an invisible ball and flailing in front of a vending machine, but it’s bound to be more effective than trying to kick the thing for a free drink.