An image of the vending machine used for the verification test Photo: DyDo Drinco
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Vending machines used to charge smartphones

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By Masayoshi Ando

DyDo Drinco Inc has started a verification test of the Rental Charger free service that provides electricity from vending machines for charging smartphones and tablet computers.

The service will be provided in up to 10 areas of Tokyo. DyDo Drinco says it is putting priority on areas where there are many foreign tourists or students such as Kanda Shrine and Aoyama Gakuin University.

Users can charge their devices by using a USB port (a quick-charging type with an output of 2.4 amperes and a rated output of 5 volts) attached to a vending machine. Users need to bring a cable for charging. DyDo Drinco wishes that each user will limit the use of the charging port to five minutes or less so that many people can use it.

The Rental Charger is part of DyDo Drinco's efforts to provide new values through vending machines other than purchasing beverages. It plans to create new values of vending machines by providing an environment for easily charging smartphones and tablet computers whose batteries have run out unexpectedly.

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Will DyDo Drinko Inco. categorically state that it will not be accessing / downloading / reading etc. any data from devices plugged in to its vending machines - either for its own benefit, or for the benefit of a third party?

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NHK looking at charging Dydo fees from April 1 2019.

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Stupid idea on many fronts. The locations will probably not be convenient, and people will just loiter and hog them since the recommended 5 minutes will probably only get you a percent of charge (5V is not quick-charging).

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Ridiculous!! 5 min will get you 1% if your lucky. If your batteries are dead, it might just barely allow you to switch on. You just need a waterproof USB strip for a dozen people to plug in.

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Will DyDo Drinko Inco. categorically state that it will not be accessing / downloading / reading etc. any data from devices plugged in to its vending machines - either for its own benefit, or for the benefit of a third party?

Any time you plug your device (android at least) into a USB that is more than a charger i.e a computer, you get a menu pop up with options. 1. Charge 2. Supply Power 3. Transfer files 4. Use device as MIDI 5. USB tethering.

Your device is smart it will recognize anything that is not a pure charger. It’s not going to read anything unless you foolishly click “transfer files” . I greatly , greatly doubt any company would have the chutzpah to even think about such a blazer move in trying to steal you data in such a manner. You clearly do not understand how these thing work and are doing nothing but unnecessary fear mongering.

Ridiculous!! 5 min will get you 1% if your lucky. If your batteries are dead

False, it clearly say “Quick charge”. 2.4 amps which is lot more than the standard piddly little 1 amp apple cube chargers. Qucik charge capable phones when your phone is dead charges it rapidly up to 50% then peters off. If completely dead you can could get up to 10percent in that 5mins. More than enough to make a phone call. Could be a lifesaver.

This is a nice offering by dodo, like many conbeni these days with free charging. I am sure it will save someone’s day.

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