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CONAN in Chicago

Conan was doing a week of live shows from the Chicago Theater. They were looking for a way to give away free limited edition t-shirts to the viewers in Chicago. They ended up going with 10 custom t-shirt vending machines that were scattered throughout downtown, each with their own custom, fan-designed graphics branding the machines. Each night, after the broadcast, Conan would reveal a “secret code” on TV for your chance to win a free t-shirt. The next morning, the fans would head out to the machines to try to receive a free t-shirt. Once at the machine, the fans would enter the “secret code” at the machine. Once the code was entered into the touch-screen interface, it would “unlock” the screen to allow the viewer to select a free t-shirt of their choice. This machine created a lot of buzz on Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook, and drew lines of people in the streets of downtown Chicago.

JELL-O Canada

JELL-O Canada was looking for a unique way to interact with the Canadian consumer and to capture their “JELL-Oh Face,” which is the unique face the consumer has when they enjoy a JELL-O product. For this machine, it was equipped with a 15″ interactive touch-screen, a 32″ LCD screen on top, a refrigerated dispensing unit, and a color laser printer attached to the machine.

How it works: The consumer would come up to the machine. They would stand in front of the web-cam at the machine and would take a picture of their “JELL-Oh face.” Once they took the image, their picture would then print via the laser printer, along with a coupon for JELL-O. After the picture was taken, the consumer would then be prompted to pick their flavor of a free JELL-O cup sample.

The real key ingredient to this project was the “15 seconds of fame.” Once the consumers JELL-Oh face picture was taken, it would then be displayed on the largest digital billboard in Yonge & Dundas square for 15 seconds. It really drew in the consumer and created for a very unique user-experience.

IKEA

IKEA Canada was looking for a unique way to interact with the Canadian consumer to promote the opening of the first ever IKEA Winnipeg. For this machine, it was equipped with a 15″ interactive touch-screen and a custom built “Allen-Key” physical application.

How it works: The consumer would come up to the machine with their Allen-key, which was provided by a team member prior to arriving at the machine. They would be prompted to insert their Allen-key at the machine and physically turn the bolt 360 degrees one time. Once they turned the bolt, the machine would immediately dispense a random product. The consumer had the chance to randomly win IKEA candy or an IKEA gift card, which were spread out throughout the machine. The product would dispense and the consumer was done with their interactive experience.

TFF Challenge – Twitter

Thought For Food was looking for a unique way to interact with the guests of the 2012 One Young World Summit in Pittsburgh. They decided to dispense “tubes” through the vending machine, each filled with a slip of paper, containing either a slogan or a “winner.” The guests had the chance to win from a variety of prizes, including t-shirts and iPads. For this machine, it was equipped with a 15″ interactive touch-screen and custom Twitter integration to dispense the free product.

How it works: The consumer would come up to the machine. There would be a unique “hash-tag” displayed on the touch-screen, prompting the guest to “tweet” the unique hash-tag to @TFFChallenge for their chance to win. Once the guest tweeted the unique hash-tag, a product would immediately dispense from the machine. Once this happened, the touch-screen would return to the home-screen for the next guest, while creating a new, unique hash-tag for the next user. This eliminated anyone from utilizing the same hash-tag twice. Once the hash-tag was tweeted, it was “dead” and would no longer work.

MTV Movie Awards – KIA

KIA was looking for a unique way to give away free t-shirts from their new clothing line, Hamstar Clothing. The machines were used to dispense the free t-shirts to the guests of the after-party, utilizing SMS Text-Messaging capabilities. The guest would go up to the machine and text their favorite color of the KIA Soul to receive their free t-shirt. Each color of the Soul would be linked to a different sized t-shirt. For instance, text ALIEN to 424242 for your free “medium” t-shirt.

This event created a lot of buzz and the free t-shirts were a huge hit. It was a great way to gain interest in the new clothing line.

Alpinestars – Y&R – Pac-Sun

Alpinestars/Young & Reckless/Pac-Sun were looking for a unique way to dispense a line of “limited edition” t-shirts for a one-day event in five select Pac-Sun stores scattered throughout the U.S.. For this, each machine was equipped with a coupon acceptor, which would accept a unique “custom-branded coupon” that would be fed into the machine. Once the coupon was accepted, the consumer would then select their product from the machine. This allowed the consumers to interact with the machine to receive their limited edition product.

Engadget/CES 2013

Engadget was looking for a unique way to interact with the guests at the 2013 CES Show in Las Vegas. For this machine, it was equipped with a 15″ interactive touch-screen and a “Twitter-Activated” dispensing method.

How it works: The consumer would come up to the machine with their cell-phones… They would be prompted to tweet a specific #hashtag to @EngadgetCES. Once the consumer tweeted the appropriate message on the screen, the product would then immediately dispense from the machine. The consumer would retrieve their product and was done with their interactive experience, which was completely hands-free…all done via Twitter on their cell phones.

ISIS

ISIS Mobile Payments was looking for a way to promote their mobile payment application for vending machines at several events/tradeshows. For this machine, it was a counter-top style machine that was equipped with an NFC acceptor for mobile payment.

How it works: The consumer would come up to the machine with their cell phone turned to the ISIS App. They would be prompted to select an item from the machine. Once they selected a product, they would then tap their phone on the NFC reader. The product would dispense and the consumer was done with their interactive experience.

Twitter UK – #Twitter4Brands

Twitter UK was looking to show how Twitter can be used in a variety of different applications, including using a “tweet” as a payment for a product from a vending machine. For this machine, it was equipped with a 15″ interactive touch-screen and a “Twitter-Activated” dispensing method. This machine was used for the #Twitter4Brands 2013 event in London, UK.

How it works: The consumer would come up to the machine with their cell-phones. They would be prompted to tweet a specific #treats hashtag to @TwitterUK. Once the consumer tweeted the appropriate message on the screen, the product would then immediately dispense from the machine. The consumer would retrieve their product and was done with their interactive experience.

Google Wallet

Google Wallet Mobile Payment Application was looking for a way to promote their mobile payment application for vending machines at a tradeshow. For this machine, it was an off-the-shelf machine that was equipped with an NFC acceptor for mobile payment.

How it works: The consumer would come up to the machine with their cell phone turned to the Google Wallet App. They would be prompted to select an item from the machine. Once they selected a product, they would then tap their phone on the NFC reader. The product would dispense and the consumer was done with their interactive experience.


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