Robot ticketer greets amusement park visitors, offers frightening glimpse of the future

Joseph L. Flatley
J. Flatley|11.13.08

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Joseph L. Flatley
November 13th, 2008
In this article: e-wallet, felica, nec, westworld
Robot ticketer greets amusement park visitors, offers frightening glimpse of the future

Manufactured by NEC, this new FeliCa payment terminal (seen here at iEXPO 2008 in Tokyo) is designed for amusement parks, arcades, or any place where a whimsical touch-screen device might trick you into spending more money than you normally would. And if handing control of your e-wallet to an android wasn't bad enough, in addition to selling tickets and dispensing data the device boasts integrated facial recognition for identifying and profiling park visitors -- a feature to be used for determining your demographic information and pointing you towards appropriate "amusement," such as a restaurant for Ma or a wave pool for the kiddies. What could possibly go "worng," you ask? Have you even seen Westworld?
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