Last week, the world had to come to grips with the notion that cupcakes could in fact be vended by a machine as Sprinkles, an L.A.-based cupcakery, declared its pink-tinted ATM-looking contraption open for business. Inside: a reporter stares down a cold, unfeeling machine armed with 600 cupcakes.
Vending machines have become a popular means of recycling everything from batteries to light bulbs. Now, a new vending machine takes the idea reusing and recycling to a higher level by allowing users to exchange gently used items for other items or credit. This post was updated with new information.
We (apparently) just can't pass up a good vending machine around here, but this one is admittedly pretty cool, since it scans your face and body when you approach and guesses what you want to buy. Oh, and it has a pretty sweet transparent HD screen instead of simple glass.
Once upon a time, vending machines sold two things: candy and soda. Well, not anymore. There are a lot of bizarre vending machines located all over the world from the U.S. to Spain to Japan, filled with a ton of even weirder things. Gathered here are 43 of the strangest vending machines selling the most unlikely goods and services you'd ever imagine on the street. Prepare to bug-out!
Oh lord. Pepsi, purveyors of fine corn syrup delivery devices, have a new invention, and it's a "social vending machine." Yes, they've taken the internet's latest buzzword, and combined it with a way to give them money for sugarwater!
It's a common occurrence: you're out and about and really want a live Shanghai Hairy Crab. But there are no open stores to buy one from! What's a hungry crab fan to do?
When you picture a vending machine, you probably think of the dubious, dark boxes that eat your quarters and dispense your snack, only to have it get caught at the last second. Well, finally — finally — all that is about to change.
Japan has a love affair with vending machines. You can get anything, from hot coffee to hot noodles to fresh fruit to cigarettes, from the ubiquitous machines. So it's only natural that they'd jump on the touchscreen vending machine bandwagon first.