Instead of building and designing bomb-laden autonomous drones, or humanoid robots like ATLAS who are probably going to overthrow humanity in a couple of years, researchers should be inventing robots like the Frobot vending machine that only exists to serve up frozen yogurt.
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Video: If YouTube's AstonishingStudios was ever able to convince LEGO to turn all of its creations into real sets, we'd never have to leave our desks to get breakfast, lunch or dinner. Their latest creation is a Burger King (American Hungry Jack's) vending machine that serves up fries, Whoppers and even dispenses Coca-Cola.
You can find Jelly Belly jelly beans at almost any store, but that involves actually getting up and going somewhere to satisfy your sweet tooth. Why go through all that hassle when for just over $US10,300 ($13,530) you can buy your own personal Jelly Belly vending machine and set it up right next to your desk at work, or couch at home?
Video: The latest addition to Astonishing Studio's line of "sets LEGO should really be making" is a miniature Pizza Hut that dispenses personal pizzas after you feed it five dollars using a working currency slot. Imagine having pizza on-demand at your desk at all times. Suddenly you'll look forward to going to work.
Video: One of my life dreams as a child was to be able to fool a vending machine with coin-like objects. I mean, how smart could a vending machine be, right? Wrong. More like how dumb a kid I was. Vending machines use light sensors to measure the size of a coin and electromagnets to detect the metal type to determine what kind of coin it is. If you're not shaped like a dollar and built like a dollar, you ain't a dollar in their book.
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.