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Features May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

SodaTron

 
     

It’s finally arrived, cyborg soda! Computer science and engineering (CSE) graduate students have programmed SodaTron, their student lounge vending machine, to
recognize faces and fingerprints. Users are then instantly linked to electronic accounts that are part of the CSE snack cooperative “Chez Bob.”

SodaVision is the latest in a series of student-run projects revolving around a conventional soda machine purchased by CSE Professor Stefan Savage in 2005. “My hope was that students would come up with all kinds of crazy ideas and work together to make them real,” says Savage.

Since then, CSE graduate students have torn apart and reassembled the machine’s electrical nervous system, and added a computer, a touch screen display, a web cam, a fingerprint reader and a barcode scanner. Students have also designed and implemented the software to control the hardware.

“It’s half laboratory and half playground,” says Savage, “Each time I buy a soda I’m ready for a surprise.”

Contributors to Making Waves: Mario Aguilera, '89, Marnette Federis, '06, Beverly Gallagher, '98, Raymond Hardie and Inga Kiderra.

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"It's half laboratory and half playground," says Savage, "Each time I buy a soda I'm ready for a surprise."