The newer soda machines you see at theatres and the “cooler” restaurants have nice touch panels with many soda choices. We call it “pop” in the Chicago area ;-) I’ve seen these new machines around for 4-5 years or so. They are far better for choice than the 5-9 or so fixed soda choice machines of the past. Not only can you select your favorite sub-flavor soda but you can navigate a relatively easy set of menus to find it. These machines are not without issues. In my experience, the menus/panels are laggy and slow. Many mistouches occur due to the lagginess and often I have to ‘think’ about how to use the soda machine, especially if I’m backing out of a menu. The machines are already outdated.
The new version of this machine must accept natural language!! Of course! I should just walk up and say “diet caffeine-free coke please”. The machine confirms visually, and I say “yes” or just press the dispense button. If I have questions I can ask, for instance “what diet caffeine free cokes are there?” A list of possible choices shows up. I can certainly tap for the one I like or just say “regular please”.
That’s it. The language lexicon for this is SO SMALL it should be done NOW. I dream of the natural language enabled soda machine being at Five Guys, McDonalds, etc… and theaters!
NLP Baby!!! Just beautiful.