We've already seen a couple of systems that let parents pay for their kids' school lunches in advance and track exactly what they're eating, but it looks like they could soon be getting an even deeper glimpse into their kids' daily consumption, with the same technology now set to find its way into vending machines. Coming courtesy of Horizon Software, the snoopy new vending machines are based on the MealpayPlus system (which Horizon is also responsible for) and employ either a card or PIN code to dole out the snacks, eliminating the need for students to carry cash around. While the vending machines are apparently ready to go, it's not clear how many schools, if any, have signed up to put 'em into service.

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Horizon vending machines set to track students' snack habits