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Controlling a Java enabled Pepsi(R) vending machine over the World Wide Web

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Webster, R.W. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Millersville Univ., PA, USA ; Ross, P.W. ; Bailey, T.M. ; Conrad, S.M.
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This paper describes an experimental Java client-server system and a special purpose hardware interface to control a Pepsi(R) vending machine over the World Wide Web. This system allows users with pre-paid accounts to vend a soda from the Pepsi(R) machine (without any coins or bills) using a web browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer. Anyone with a web browser may find out if any of his or her favorite sodas are left in the machine. The server software can also notify the vending corporation, via Internet e-mail, when each brand of soda needs to be restocked. The software includes a Java applet (the client) and a multi-threaded Java server. The computer system, an Intel based Linux machine, runs its own web server and is physically located inside the Pepsi(R) machine

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Industrial Electronics Society, 1999. IECON '99 Proceedings. The 25th Annual Conference of the IEEE  (Volume:1 )

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1999