ShelfX's Vending Fridge nixes the cashier, uses QR codes, RFID to 'know what you took'

QR codes and RFID tags aren't uncommon when it comes to automated payment applications, and now Colorado-based ShelfX has purposed them for its new wireless-equipped Vending Fridges. Eliminating the need for a cashier -- or cash, for that matter -- each unit allows you to purchase any items packed inside by scanning a QR code with your phone (using the company's app) or an RFID badge. Upon presenting either method to the machine, it's able to tell who you are and unlocks its door. From there, you can grab whatever you'd like, while ShelfX automatically pulls funds your account for what's been removed. The system is also smart enough to know when goods are put back, so you won't have to worry about being charged while making up your mind. All of the money goes through ShelfX, allowing it to take "a small percentage" for itself before sending a monthly payment to owners. The Vending Fridge is currently on sale for $600, and a retrofitting kit for your own fridge is also available for half that amount -- no word on whether it has kid-blocking or crab-proofing options, though. You'll find more information in the press release just after the break.

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ShelfX Releases A Fridge That Knows What You Took


BOULDER, Colo., April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ShelfX, provider of revolutionary self-checkout and inventory management solutions, announces the availability of the Vending Fridge. As the next-generation vending machine, the Vending Fridge lets consumers use a simple QR code scanner from their mobile phone and the ShelfX Mobile App to seamlessly purchase refrigerated products. The Vending Fridge can be conveniently installed in hotels, offices, retail stores, gyms, coffee shops, schools, libraries or various other locations where flexible food vending is needed.

With the Vending Fridge installed, a customer simply uses their mobile phone to scan a QR code on the fridge, prompting the download of the ShelfX app from which accounts are created and payment information is entered. Within seconds, scanning the QR code again will unlock the fridge door and beverages, sandwiches, apples, whatever is offered, will be available for the taking.

For added simplicity, existing customers will also receive an RFID-enabled XCard in the mail, which acts as the same as the app on their mobile phone. New customers are also offered the convenience of creating their accounts online to start shopping without hassle or lines.

And for the owner of the Vending Fridge, the process is just as easy; owners only need to stock the fridge. ShelfX handles account creations, payment processing, and sends owners a payment each month, deducting only a small percentage of sales for services rendered.

Just as with the ShelfX retail system, the Vending Fridge is equipped with the company's proprietary Smart Shelf that knows the exact quantity and type of products that are stocked on it. The Vending Fridge also knows what the consumer removes from, or returns to its shelves; and through wireless communication, the Vending Fridge updates accounts and instantly automates billing.

This award-winning Vending Fridge is now available for sale at $599 USD. For skilled technicians and do-it-yourself owners, the ShelfX Vending Fridge kit is also available for $299 USD. Start cashing in on this revolutionary new vending technology; reserve your Vending Fridge today at