Machine Uses Facial Recognition to Give Away Free Coffee to Yawners

Douwe Egberts- Yawn Recognition Coffee Machine

Dutch coffee company Douwe Egberts recently partnered with South African agency Joe Public to deploy a special vending machine at O.R. Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg.

The vending machine used special facial recognition software to detect whether someone was yawning, and then provided them with a free cup of coffee to help them wake up.

I bet you yawned? I know I did.

[via mdelmas]

South Africa

Tim Hortons Celebrates 2 Million Facebook Fans with In-Store Flash Mob

Tim Hortons - 2 Million Facebook Fans Flash Mob

For those folks in other areas of the world who may not be familiar with the Canadian coffee shop and restaurant chain, Tim Hortons is an institution with 4,071 locations, 3,326 in Canada and 734 in the United States. Each day, millions of Canadians from coast-to-coast line up at the counters and drive-thrus to order the traditional double-double, box of Timbits or one of the other dozens of items on the menu.

To celebrate reaching 2 million Facebook fans, the largest Canadian fan base of any brand page on Facebook, Tim Hortons staged a flash mob on November 12, thanking their employees and fans.

The group performed ‘Thank You for Being a Friend’, a song written and originally performed by Andrew Gold in 1978. Of course, the song became much more famous in the 80s as the theme from The Golden Girls.

After watching the video, I could really use a honey cruller.

Canada

MINI Netherlands Analyzes Test Drive Style for the Perfect Coffee Blend

MINI - How do you drive your coffee?

MINI is extending an offer of free coffee delivery to businesses in the Netherlands. Besides the customized coffee bar built into the back of a MINI Countryman; MINI will bring along a fleet of 6 coffee-coloured cars for employees to test drive.

Data from each person’s test drive will be recorded, analyzed and used to determine the perfect coffee-blend match to their driving style.

The ‘How do you drive your coffee‘ initiative was put together by JWT, Amsterdam.

Netherlands

[via AdRants]