shopping
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 over-sized, building-shaped machine standing alone in a dreary parking lot—is meant to help bring some economic life back to the town. Read More >>

networks
Your Next Coke 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? Read More >>

robots
Oh Man, This Genius Guy Created a Robot to Steal from Vending Machines

You could use measuring tape to steal a can of soda 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 sodas as possible. Awesome. Read More >>

crime
A Measuring Tape is All it Takes to Steal From a Vending Machine

If you're ever thirsty for delicious carbonated sugar syrup and find yourself without any change, maybe you'll be wise enough to carry around a measuring tape with you. Turns out, the wild minds of Russia have developed a slick vending machine hack that'll give you free sodas. And it only takes just a little bit of force. Here's how they do it. Read More >>

foodmodo
Caviar Vending Machines Are Perfect for the Tycoon on the Go

Ever found yourself in the mood for some caviar but didn't have quite enough time to stop off for some on the way to your private jet for a trip to your own personal island? Me neither, but apparently someone has, because they invented the caviar vending machine. Read More >>

foodmodo
Microwave Vending Machine Serves Up Hot and Cold Snacks

The guilt of spending your uni 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. Read More >>

robots
This Huggable Vending Machine Will Never Love You

In Singapore, you can hug a vending machine and get a free Coca-Cola in return. Coke is, apparently, planning to roll the campaign out across Southeast Asia. Would you hug a machine? Read More >>

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Hand-Cranked Vending Machines Will Not Save You During an Emergency

After the disasters that befell the country last year, Japan has been focusing its efforts on designing self-powered products that will still function during an emergency. Read More >>

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The Vending Machine of Tomorrow Will Lure You in With Beautiful Animations

There's the potential for the next generation of touchscreen LCD vending machines to be an all out assault on our senses. So here's hoping more companies will take this subtly animated approach instead of horrifying advertisements. Read More >>

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