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Adventures in Japanese UI Design: Acure Drinks Machine

This is the first post in what hopefully will be a series: “Adventures in Japanese UI design”.

Every now and then I will be posting some inspiring Japanese UI designs as I encounter them.

First up is the Acure drinks vending machine, easily the most impressive UI I’ve ever witnessed for something simple like a drinks machine.

Acure overview
Overview of all available drinks.
Acure detail screen cold drink
Detail screen – Red Bull. The description mentions Red Bull is sold in over 160 countries. The drink is shown at actual size.
Acure detail screen hot drink
Detail screen – Hot soup. Notice that this vending machine sells both heated drinks and cold drinks. The description shows calorie information and mentions the healthiness of the soup.
Acure payment methods
You can pay with Suica, a contactless IC card. Suica stans for Super Urban Intelligent Card – I kid you not.
Acure instructions
Clear instructions show you how to get a drink: 1. Select drink 2. Pay with coins or Suica 3. Enjoy drink.

Lastly, check out this small video I shot:

Johan Ronsse

About the author

Johan Ronsse is an interface designer who is trying to find the balance between aesthetics and usability. He tweets as @wolfr_2.

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