i3 Vending machine:
Bill acceptor - The controller that recognizes bill images might need to be updated or replaced
Payments -Cash (see bill acceptor) - RFID, debit the members account and invoice them through e-mail and let the Treasure know of payment due or overdue. - Credit card, bill the credit card via amazon or paypal. - Bar code and passkey. Buy it online and get a QR code and passkey in your email. Scan the QR code and enter the passkey and it will vend the product. It will reserve at least one item they bought online.
- TCP/IP over ethernet with a server backend that processes and logs purchases. - How to handle encryption of transactions?
- How do we add functionality yet keep the power requirements low? *embedded ARM based computer? *Beefy microcontroller?
Security - Webcam linked to tilt/ shake sensor. Take picture of someone shaking the machine, post it online for ridicule