The first crypto vending machine that sells beer will be unveiled in New York at Consensus 2018 next week, ran by Civic. Civic was co-founded in 2016 by CEO Vinny Lingham, and partnered with Anheuser-Busch in a new way to demonstrate how blockchain-based identity verification schemes work.
Anyone attending the conference will be able to use the Civic app on their phone or tablet to verify their age and receive a beverage from the vending machine. Titus Capilnean, Civic’s head of communication and marketing, said:
“We’ve been thinking about practical ways of bringing crypto technology to a more mainstream audience, and how can we go so so niche that it’s so easy to understand for a regular individual. Proof of age seemed like the best low-hanging fruit”
“It’s not limited to just beer, it could be for any kind of age-restricted product. Unmanned entrance to casinos, and then for the vending machines, we can see this going into concerts, ballgames, venues, conferences”
This is the only vending machine that has been made, and at this point, will be made. It’s simply a proof of concept at the moment, as similar devices in the future that will need verification of a user’s age will require Civic tokens. These tokens perform a query and verify blockchain data, and if everything passes, an action will be performed (i.e. dispensing beer).