Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Robots in Campus Stores

Thinking about 24/7/365 service to students? Buy yourself a robot.  That’s what SUNY New Paltz did.  Well, not really, but close.  This story highlights a self-contained, refrigerated vending machine that looks like an aisle in a supermarket.  The machine offers up to 200 items that are must needs for campus living.  Referred to as the “ultra-convenience store” the system accepts cash, credit cards, dining cards, and flex cards.  The article mentions that there are other university locations including Ohio Northern University.  Perhaps soon we can start offering textbooks this way too. 

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