The following key challenges were identiﬁed during the discovery sessions with HopperBee team.
To improve the user-friendliness of the vending machines.
Incorporate a real-time stock monitoring feature.
Ability to remotely manage the vending machines. (On / Oﬀ, Software updates, etc)
To make the vending machines visually more attractive.
O2Labs delivered a hardware DIS (Design, Integration & Support) solution to HopperBee. The following are some highlights of the solution:
The complete front panel of the Vending Machine has been replaced with a full-sized transparent LCD Screen + Touchscreen.
This LCD Screen + Touch screen was powered with a powerful Single Board Computer (SBC).
A native application was developed to run on the SBC for user interaction.
Another provision was made in the software to play digital content like - images/videos on the LCD display when no one is using the machine.
This machine received great traction, upon its installation. A few results achieved, include:
The solution designed solved several problems in one go. Provision to run dynamic images / videos on the LCD screen made the machine both visually stunning and attractive to the users.
And almost everyone is familiar with touch interfaces these days. So, interacting with the machine to place an order, to make a payment became extremely easy.
A real-time inventory management was achieved; Real-time analytics was built to support the backend team.
Remote machine management has been developed.