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If there is one thing that allows you to cater creatively, it’s vending machines. While these used to offer only a can of cola or a bag of potato chips, you may now find vegetables, caviar, or French fries in a vending machine. An overview of some vending machines that offer products you might not expect.
PEPSI INTERACTIVE MACHINE
The Pepsi Interactive Machine doesn’t just let you buy soda; you can also give it away. The giver types in the name and cell phone number of the receiver and can add a personalized message or even a video. The lucky guy or girl then receives a text message with a unique code to retrieve their gift.
TWEET COOKIE BOX DISPENSER
A cookie as reward for a tweet? This vending machine gives out a cookie whenever a tweet is sent with the hashtag #uidcookiebox. Very hungry? Too bad, the Cookie Box remembers your twitter account, letting no one earn more than one cookie.
SOCIAL MEDIA MACHINES
An increasing number of companies and brands have introduced social vending machines. Get acquainted with a number of these social monsters.
This machine contains rows of lettuce, twelve 40 Watt fluorescent tubes, and a sprinkler system to keep the plants moist. Chef’s Farm produces sixty heads of lettuce a day, which works out to 20,000 heads a year. Urban Farming becomes Urban Vending: The next step.
How does a brand of beer brand ingratiate itself with rugby fans? Right, it makes a rugby vending machine. This machine, appropriately named the ‘rugbeer,’ can take a beating. To retrieve a beer from it, you must first show that you can tackle this machine. Pound the side of the machine with your best rugby move, and a ‘pussy-meter’ indicates if your tackle is manly enough. If no beer is dispensed, you will have to tackle it harder. Who knows, we might see a penalty machine at the next soccer world championship.
A bottle of wine from a vending machine? Why not, they thought in Pennsylvania. A screen displays the wines you can buy and provides a description of each bottle. The stock is enormous; your average liquor shop has a similar floor space. To buy wine, you must scan your driver’s license and take a breathalyzer test. While the camera compares your face to the picture on your license, the breathalyzer checks your blood alcohol content. Not so sober or not yet 21? Then you can’t get any wine. Let’s just hope the machine isn’t easily vandalized.
A vending machine with only healthy products: healthy vending company H.U.M.A.N. proves that vending machines can offer more than just candy and sodas. The Media Mogul includes, among other things, healthy bars, protein drinks, and fruit juices. The products in the machine contain minimal or no additives such as artificial preservatives, colorants, and sweeteners. The video screen above the vending machine displays health tips and shows the nutritional values of the products. Besides the Media Mogul, H.U.M.A.N. offers seven other healthy vending machines, including the 'Hot Human', with healthy warm snacks, and the 'Arctic Human', with healthy frozen food. The organization donates ten percent of their profit to charities that help fight obesity.
At the Biblio-Mat vending machine, located in the Monkey’s Paw bookstore in Toronto, you never know exactly what you will get. For one Canadian dollar, this ‘random vending machine’ gives you a book. However, as it has no window, you can’t sneak a peek at what will come out. In no case will the machine dispense the latest best sellers, but only books that the store owner has personally selected.
You don’t have to pull out your wallet to use the Swap-O-Matic. All you need is an item you no longer have a use for. Place it in the machine and then you can choose another item that someone else left behind in the same way. Designer Lina Fenequito developed this unique vending machine to urge people to think about their consumption patterns, and to stimulate a sustainable form of consumption.
Is caviar for luxury parties only? Not at all! Economic crisis or no economic crisis, in California you can get caviar right out of a vending machine. Caviar Boutiques, as these contraptions are called, dispense caviar from around the globe. These machines also dish out truffles and escargots.
A free can of ice tea from this vending machine will require some effort. It sits on a raft, fifty meters off the coast near Cape Town. With its motto ‘Never Lose Your Cool,’ this campaign emphasizes both the enjoyment of life, but also safety and responsibility, as lifeguards man the raft to provide bathers with ice tea.
The American chain Sprinkles Cupcakes developed an actual cupcake vending machine in response to the large number of people who visited the store late at night. The principle is simplicity itself: a customer pays $4 by credit card, and a cupcake rolls out in a to-go box. The vending machine is restocked three times a day. Sprinkles donates any leftovers to homeless shelters, institutions, and other charities. Besides ready-made cupcakes, the machine also sells cupcake batter and doggy snacks.
Who says vending machines should always be made of steel? Soda manufacturer 7-Up developed its own melting vending machine. It placed a huge block of ice, with frozen cans of 7-Up inside, in the middle of a square in Argentina. During the day, thanks to the blazing sun, the cans slowly dropped out of the melting ice, allowing passersby to enjoy a free, ice cold 7-Up. On Twitter, contestants could guess how long it would take for the final can to drop, with a free six-pack of soda as the grand prize.
Of all the vending machines, this one is the most remarkable. At least at first glance. In California, this vending machine is used to make marijuana more easily available to those who use it medicinally. To buy your drugs from this vending machine, you need a registration card and a pin. The card and machine are only activated after confirming your fingerprint.
Text: Malou Roesink & Chantal Arnts
Music: Mandrill - Happy Beat
If there is one thing that allows you to cater creatively, it’s vending machines. While these used to offer only a can of cola or a bag of potato chips, you may now find vegetables, caviar, or marijuana in a vending machine. An overview of some vending machines that offer products you might not expect.