vending machines

Single Vending Machine Replaces Last Shop In English Town

So clever, so depressing: the English town of Clifton, having dwindled in economic strength over the years, has responded to the loss of its last place to shop with a giant vending machine. The so-called Speedy Shop — really, an oversized, building-shaped machine standing alone in a dreary parking lot — is meant to help bring some economic life back to the town.


'Money-In-The-Slot' Automatic Vending Machine From The 1920s

1928: A ‘money-in-the-slot’ automatic fruit and nut vending machine attached to a car, on display in Britain for the first time. [Getty Images]


Your Next Soft Drink Could Come With Internet Access

Looks like the way we drink soda is about to get a whole lot smarter — or, at the very least, more connected. OpenStack Engineering Manager Alavaro Lopez Ortega stumbled across the fact that The Coca Cola Company recently registered no less than 16 million MAC (media access control) addresses. The question is: What exactly is Coke planning on doing with that much networked hardware?


9 Vintage Vending Machines From A Time When You Could Sell Anything

Vending machines didn’t always just sling soft drinks and smokes. Did you know the automated peddlers have been around for about 2000 years? In fact, the very first vending machine was invented by first-century mathematician Hero of Alexandria to dispense holy water using a series of valves, pulleys and weights. And they’ve been stuffed with just about anything you can imagine since.


Vending Machines For Pot Products Exist Now

Let’s be real here, it was only a matter of time before the world got a vending machine for pot. Medbox, the company that produces these $US50,000 units, is ramping up and attempting to place them in dispensaries around the US. Consumers can’t walk up to a Medbox and feed it their cash, but they can tell the clerk in a state-licensed dispensary what they want.


The World's Thinnest Coke Machine Can Slide Under Your Bed

Coca-Cola promotes its Diet Coke as the perfect soft drink for those looking to keep a slim figure. And to further drive that point home, the sugar water empire teamed up with Ogilvy & Mather Paris to create the Slender Vender — the world’s thinnest vending machine.


This Genius Guy Created A Robot To Steal From Vending Machines

You could use measuring tape to steal a can of Coke from a vending machine, but if you’re a genius, why not just invent a freaking robot to do the dirty work for you? This guy did just that. He inserts his robot inside the vending machine and controls it to grab as many soft drink cans as possible. Awesome.


New Orleans Gets Vending Machine-Equipped Taxis

Occasionally, you’ll luck out and climb into a taxi cab with such amenities as free tissues, discarded newspapers or all the tourist pamphlets you can carry. But if you find yourself in New Orleans, you might end up in one of the 250 vehicles in the Orleans Carriage Cab fleet that now feature soda-dispensing vending machines.


Drexel's MacBook Machine Spits Out Free Loaner Laptops

Philadelphia’s Drexel University has introduced a 24-hour vending machine that dispenses MacBooks instead of sugar water and snacks. But instead of selling the laptops to staff and students, the kiosk lends them out free of charge — with proper ID — for five-hour periods.


Microwave Vending Machine Serves Up Hot And Cold Snacks

The guilt of spending your college years dining from vending machines could be a thing of the past with a new model that serves up a piping hot meal alongside a cold drink. A company called EatWave Vending has created a refrigerated machine with a microwave inside, letting it automatically nuke pre-packaged items like burritos and sandwiches.


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