Developed in conjunction with the Coca-Cola Company, in Atlanta, the machine
sends data via a regular modem operating at 2.4 to 9.6 kilobits per second or
by a GSM interface. The management system receives the data and calculates
the number of bottles to be delivered to the machine and the number of sales
and calls that have occurred in a given time period.
The machine is aimed at young people, said Vladas Leonas, national technology
manager in the pay-phone and card-services division of Telstra, in Melbourne,
"When kids hang around and use a pay phone, it'll be convenient to buy a
bottle of Coke," he said.
This scares me. Pretty soon we'll all be dreaming in red and white.
("The machine is aimed at young people" - literally, like a hormone-seeking