August 10, 2011
White Dog and the White Dog Army
Wonderful World Wednesday
White Dog and the rest of the White Dog Army know that sometimes it is the simplest of actions that have an immediate impact on making the World more wonderful. Think about the change that comes over you when you pass a smiling happy person on the street who sings out a jaunty “Good Morning!” as you cross paths…puts a smile on your face, doesn’t it? And who can resist the plain joy of licking a cool drippy ice cream cone? Again, you cannot eat ice cream while wearing a frown!
White Dog firmly believes that much of the roughness in the World could be avoided if people just had a more positive outlook. A smile, a friendly nod, a sense of happiness are all powerful tools in shaping reality. (and at such a small price). Technology has cleverly found a way to help us get in touch with the joy of living, and the White Dog Army woofs a whole-hearted, “YES!”
This article is in honor of Sugar’s 10th Birthday; she has one of the most radiant smiles in our blogging community!
Smile-activated ice cream vending machine
by Stefania. http://optimistworld.com/Smile-activated-ice-cream-vending-machine/
While instantly gratifying, buying ice cream from a vending machine isn't quite as much fun as it could be. Which is why SapientNitro and Unilever created the world's first smile-activated ice cream vending machine as part of Unilever's "share happy" campaign.
The technology behind it is sophisticated, but the concept is simple: consumers walk up to the machine, smile and are rewarded with a frozen treat.
When its motion detectors sense someone is near, the machine beckons them to come closer and interact. Using facial recognition technology, it can then recognize a person's age, gender and emotion, and measure their smile using a "smile-o-meter". If their grin is wide enough, they get free ice cream.
Users can also opt to have a picture of their happy self uploaded to Facebook, which ties in with Unilever’s brand message” “share happy.” The smile-activated ice cream vending machines are being rolled out across the globe this summer.
From security checkpoints that recognize eyes, to cameras that spot friends and family, machines are increasingly capable of smart interaction with humans. Throw in emotion and delight, and you’ll create a memorable experience that just might change someone’s day.
Smiles for Ice Cream…how wonderful is that? The only question the WDA has is, “Does the machine recognize doggie smiles?” Say, “ Cream! (Iced, that is)!”