The machine known as the Coffee Connector was created by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and its agencies TSLA, Tellart and Strawberry Frog. This is what they say about it.
In Asia, Singapore often facilitates connections between companies and successful business ventures with a wealth of resources.
Our machine, the Coffee Connector, is this symbolic idea brought to life.
Designed for high-end conferences and networking events, the Coffee Connector only brews a cup of coffee when two attendees work together to request one.
Once you've found a partner, the machine's exposed kinetic brewing process engages viewers and uses interactive touchpoints to support the EDB's messaging.
I have no idea of the cost but I suspect it's a tad too expensive for wide use at conferences and in any case when getting a coffee at a conventional coffee machine its not too difficult to start up a conversation with the person next to you.