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25¢ crack pipe vending machines aim to lower HIV rates in Canada
The creativity of businesses using vending machines to sell their products seems to know no bounds, and in the past we’ve seen even prescription drugs delivered through InstyMeds‘ 24/7 hospital kiosks. Going somewhat further, a nonprofit has now installed crack pipe vending machines in Vancouver, in order to curb the spread of HIV and AIDS among the city’s addicts. READ MORE…
Vending machine promises hot burritos in 60 seconds
While organic, fresh, gourmet superfood salads straight from a vending machine are making healthy meals a cinch, let’s face it — sometimes all you want is a burrito. Burritobox is a new vending machine that delivers five different types of filled tortillas on demand. READ MORE…
Vending machine salads are organic, and made fresh each day
Vending machine food isn’t typically known as an example of fine dining, instead serving to provide a quick fix when customers can’t get their hands on some proper food. While we’ve previously seen innovations such as Yves Behar’s Briggo aim to deliver barista-quality coffee from nothing but a robotic kiosk, Farmer’s Fridge is now hoping to do the same for salads — creating healthy, gourmet meals from fresh, high quality ingredients each morning, delivered through vending machines. READ MORE…
Puncture? New York bike repair stations offer 24-hour help
Almost all cyclists know the pain of experiencing a puncture on the road without the equipment needed to fix it. While Minnesotans enjoyed the roving GPS Tune-Up Bike — which assisted riders with tools and advice last summer — Bikestock is a more permanent solution, offering bike repair vending machines and public equipment in New York. READ MORE…
Vending machine offers free samples, provides rich user data to retailers
Free samples are a common way for retailers to promote new products, but supermarkets often use staff to hand them out and don’t collect data about the success those campaigns. New startup Freeosk has now created a vending machine that automatically dispenses samples to loyalty card holders. READ MORE…
Vending machine offers beer only to users who do nothing
Hot on the heels of our coverage of Brazilian lager brand Polar‘s attempts to get beer drinkers to chat rather than use their smartphones, we’ve stumbled upon another similar initiative. Amstel’s Pause campaign has rewarded passersby with a cold beer for doing nothing for three minutes. READ MORE…
Keys duplicated from digital copies stored in the cloud
While Lockitron has done away with physical keys with its smartphone-based door locking system, what if homeowners lose their phone? A new startup called KeyMe has developed a kiosk that enables anyone to cut a new copy of their house key from a digital file stored in the cloud. READ MORE…
Airport vending machine ‘restaurant’ offers gourmet menu
Travelers with little time to stop for a bite to eat may not be able to do without the cheap, fast food of vending machines, and we’ve even seen the devices installed inside taxis. Taking an alternative route however, Haneda Airport in Tokyo has introduced a sit-down vending machine restaurant, offering gourmet food 24 hours a day. READ MORE…
Underwear from vending machines or to the doorstep


We’ve seen vending machines stocked with unusual products before, from fresh seafood to books, and we’ve seen an underwear subscription service courtesy of Panty by Post. Now combining those ideas is MeUndies, offering briefs and thongs in vending machines alongside an online subscription service. READ MORE…
In Brazil, books sold through vending machines at pay-what-you-want prices


We’ve seen pay-what-you-want pricing implemented in a variety of product categories, including restaurants, advertising services and hotels. Recently, however, we came across another new effort — Brazilian company 24×7 Cultural recently launched an initiative enabling customers to choose the price they want to pay for the books sold through its subway station vending machines. READ MORE…
Kraft vending machine dispenses dessert samples to adults only

If an in-store kiosk can recommend recipes based on the visitor’s gender and age, then why couldn’t similar technology distribute samples selectively to just the right target audience? Well, now a new vending machine, also from Kraft Foods, has been designed to hand out samples of the company’s new Jell-O Temptations dessert only to adults, turning away any kids who try to get one. READ MORE…
Vending machine for reused and recycled products

Over the years we’ve seen various initiatives enabling consumers to easily trade goods with each other for free. The latest twist on the exchange concept is Swap-o-Matic, a vending machine that allows users to donate and receive items. READ MORE…
In Japan, vending machine dispenses beer and wifi

Just last year we saw vending machines that dispense baguettes and milk products, so one that dispenses beer should come as no surprise. What’s particularly interesting about the Asahi vending machines in Japan, however, is their ability to emit a free wifi signal within a 50 meter radius, that anyone in range can use. READ MORE…

In China, app enables discounted mobile payments at vending machines

If a vending machine that accepts mobile payments isn’t the pinnacle of consumer convenience, it’s hard to imagine what is. Sure enough, that dream is also now a reality in China, thanks to the new Ubox mobile app for Android, iPhone and Java-based phones. READ MORE…

Vending machine dispenses freshly-baked baguettes

Vending machines are usually associated with long-life and processed packaged foods, to be conveniently purchased at any time. However, an entrepreneurial French baker recently rolled out 24-hour automated baguette dispensers next to his two bakeries in Paris and Hombourg-Haut, which ensure he can sell his baguettes even after his shops have closed. READ MORE…