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Pepsi interactive vending machine lets people do imaginary kick-ups to win free drinks and look insane

Brooks Peck
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Finally your dreams of doing imaginary kick-ups in random public places for the chance to win free sugar drinks is coming true thanks to Pepsi's new interactive vending machines. A large video screen on the front of the machine allows users to play a motion-sensor football game with free drinks as a reward for doing well. Only 20 of these machines are being released around the world with just one in North America (currently at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport).

From the press release:

The interactive vending machine allows customers to show off their soccer skills utilizing Microsoft Kinect technology, with no purchase necessary. Users can create an avatar with their name and begin earning points immediately. Throughout the interactive experience, fans are encouraged to keep the virtual football in the air for 30-seconds as they move through a series of skills challenges. Advanced players can earn bonus time and compete for “Hall of Fame” recognition at each location.

The game features the likenesses of Lionel Messi, Robin van Persie, Sergio Aguero, David Luiz, Sergio Ramos and Jack Wilshere. Here's a video that shows how crazy it makes users look...

So if you see someone kicking an invisible ball in front of a vending machine in an airport terminal, now you'll know they aren't a threat to society — they were just bored or didn't have the cash on them to buy a drink. 

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