Earlier this week, I popped by Coinstar’s analyst day in Bellevue to get an inside look at some of the company’s latest R&D efforts. The maker of the Redbox DVD movie rental kiosks has a big year ahead, showing off everything from an automated coffee kiosk to the Gizmo, a place where shoppers can buy refurbished consumer electronics. (See earlier video here).
But the demo that really got my attention — unleashing my silly side — was something called Star Studio. Available in just nine locations in the Los Angeles area, Star Studio is a complete redefinition of the photo booth as we know it.
In addition to choosing multiple backdrops and themes, users also receive printed stickers that can be attached to notebooks or phones. The images also can easily be altered (as you see above) and the shared via Facebook or email. The whole experience has a high-energy, rock n’ roll feel to it, perfect for the teenagers that Coinstar is attracting as core users.
Coinstar’s Brett Cameron showed it to us with the enthusiasm of a 15-year-old teeny bopper. What do you think? A hit or a miss?