Acure - Digital Japanese Drinks Vending Machine

Adventures in Japanese UI design: Acure Drinks Vending Machine

This is the first post in what hopefully will be a series: “Adventures in Japanese UI design”.

Every now and then I will be posting some inspiring Japanese UI designs as I encounter them.

First up is the Acure drinks vending machine, easily the most impressive UI I’ve ever witnessed for something simple like a drinks machine.

Acure - Digital Japanese Drinks Vending Machine

Overview of all available drinks.

Acure - Digital Japanese Drinks Vending Machine

Detail screen – Red Bull. The description mentions Red Bull is sold in over 160 countries. The drink is shown at actual size.

Acure - Digital Japanese Drinks Vending Machine

Detail screen – Hot soup. Notice that this vending machine sells both heated drinks and cold drinks. The description shows calorie information and mentions the healthiness of the soup.

Acure - Digital Japanese Drinks Vending Machine

You can pay with Suica, a contactless IC card. Suica stans for Super Urban Intelligent Card – I kid you not.

Acure - Digital Japanese Drinks Vending Machine

Clear instructions show you how to get a drink: 1. Select drink 2. Pay with coins or Suica 3. Enjoy drink.

Lastly, check out this small video I shot:

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  1. You forgot to mention one of the most innovative features of these machines is their ability, using a sensor, to recognize the sex and estimate the age of an individual who approaches it, displaying recommendations based on this data.

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