Thursday, February 7, 2008

Buying eBooks in the The UnVending Machine

This photo of the new Sony Machine is in the New York Times.  If you live in Atlanta, Boston or Santa Rosa you can check it out personally.

BTW -- this is not a vending machine.  Oh no!  It is "robotic store."  Funny, it looks like a vending machine to me, but what do I know?

OK, back to this thing, whatever you call it, that sells Sony Products:  batteries, cameras, cassette taps, CDs, DVDs, memory sticks, and MP3 players.  It seems obvious that eBooks will be offered as well.

Get that credit/debit card ready.  Pick the product, swipe the card and wait for the robotic arm to put it in the tray for you.

You can relax about using that card because "remote sensors will confirm that the product has been retrieved by the kiosk's robotic arm and removed from the tray before the credit card is charged."

The only fly in the ointment is returns and repairs. . .you have to box and ship it to a 3rd party (Zoom).  Will be very curious to see how that works.

I remember Kodak taking about something like this 15 years ago, and here it is.  Not by Kodak (remember them) but by Sony. 

Gadget junkie that I am, I can hardly wait to see and use one. 

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