Sapient’s touchscreen Coke machine

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Man, it just isn’t fair — we keep seeing all these kick-ass new vending machines, but when we want a can of Mr. Pibb or RC Cola we’re stuck feeding quarters into something that looks like it was last serviced whenever Pac-Man Fever went storming up the charts.

Then again, that’s probably what we get for spending all our time in pool halls and bowling alleys. If you’re lucky enough to head to one of the 190-plus (and growing!) malls owned by the Simon Property Group sometime in the not too distant future, you just might have the pleasure of getting your cold, satisfying beverage from one of the new-fashioned touch screen Coke machines from Sapient. The screen is pretty much the entire front of the machine, and the interface is simple (as you’d expect), but pretty cool nonetheless — select your pop bottle, spin it around, take a look at the ingredients, and vend — quasi-Minority Report-style. “Futuretistic,” no? This thing takes cash and plastic, and it should be out in the US soon enough — readers in Europe and the UK will have to wait until sometime in 2010 to get in on the action. Video after the break.

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