Posted 01 May 2010 - 11:05 AM
i am over my head but my junkyard mentality tells me that all the pieces are there to make the thing work mechanically, motor controls,etc. What you want to do is change the way these controls receive their signal to turn on/off. I do not know if this is a simple open or closed switch or if it is a required voltage that makes the thing operate. in my experience the more you take apart the more you learn. also ask at electrical engineering and computer science departments at your university. software can be as simple as if.... then....(visual basics, C++, java, linux).. as to the credit card reader and charging that's another ballgame of accessing credit card companies and banks on a secure network.. that costs money.
suggestion: .. bypass the coin slot, load the thing up and have a party. put the touch screen in your car to run a phone app, gps, and iTunes.