Vending Machines

Mobile Charging Kiosk Runs On Solar Power, Saves Time And Energy

In Rwanda, Africa, an organization called African Renewable Energy Distributor is behind an invention known as a Mobile Solar Cell Phone Charger. The lightweight charging station can be hooked up behind a bicycle or moped to deliver charging opportunities to residents of remote places.

I'm Glovin' It! Japanese Rubber Glove Vending Machines

Looking for gloves in all the wrong places? These Japanese rubber glove vending machines are a godsend for those washing dishes, conducting cavity searches or dating Greg Marmalard after all the shops have closed.

Swap-O-Matic: Whimsical Vending Machine Faciliates Trades

We all have those items that hang around our homes for months or years that collect dust untouched. Sometimes, however, we develop a sense of attachment to those items, and just don't want to see them discarded. Trying to sell pre-loved items to collectors, thift stores, or by holding a yard sale is a whole lot of effort with little payout. This inconvenience leads many of us to hoard things we wouldn't allow to take up valuable space in our homes. A new business concept uses technology to offer a whimsical solution.

Dreambox: 3D Printer Vending Machine

I don't know about you, but 3D printing is one of those technological developments that I just can't quite wrap my head around. Don't get me wrong, I follow the concept, I just have a hard time accepting that 3D printing has become a thing while we're still driving vehicles that stay on the ground. At least at this stage, 3D printing isn't a fixture in every home (so I've got time to come to terms with the whole thing); but there is a business aiming to make it more accessible to the masses.

Biblio-Mat: Book Vending Machine Dispenses Surprise Reading

If you're a book lover, then you're probably already aware that the printed book industry has come down to feast or famine due to the popularity of e-publications. Many readers do still favor holding an actual book in their hands, but people in the business of selling them still need to come up with creative tactics. This concept combines a couple of our readers' favorite subjects - vending machines, and surprises!

American Green Marijuana ATM Dispenses Legal Goodies Vending Machine Style

Around here, we've seen vending machines of all categories, and they tend to be a fan favorite. The features on marijuana vending seem to have particular appeal among our readers, and with the changing laws, the competition is getting fierce when it comes to naming the most innovative concept.

Don't Get What You Pay For From Judgy Snack Vending Machine With Facial Recognition

The New Year will be here before we know it, and with that comes often unattainable resolutions that don't ever seen the turn of the calendar month. We can put fail-safe solutions in place to lead us in the right direction, but there are always temptations waiting to lure us back on the wagon (whatever your wagon of choice may be). If your relationship with food is what you struggle with, now there's a vending machine that can join your resolution success team.

TeaBOT: Custom Loose Leaf Tea Vending Machine

Some days I get the feeling that I overuse the term "trendy". But I also recognize that there are times when there is just no better description. The latest thing I'm going to apply it to is loose leaf-tea. Obviously, tea itself isn't a new thing, but embracing the loose-leaf form has once again started to become a mainstream trend in North America.

"Green Green Army" Animal Soldiers Are Ready To Fight World War Zoo

Remember those plastic green army men you played with as a child? Takara Tomy has reinvented these classic toys with a neat twist: the eight soldiers in the upcoming Green Green Army series are animals, ranging from bazooka-toting gorillas to giant tortoise radio operators.

One-Stop-Shop On iPhone 6 & Twitter

The old AMEX ad slogan of ‘don’t leave home without it’ is apropos when referencing the new social trend of ‘instant purchasing.’ Within the very same week, both Apple and Twitter have devised new mobile e-commerce options. The stickiness of making a purchase without leaving the confines a social network or opening up several apps on your smartphone is appealing to the no-nonsense digerati who gravitate towards. . .

Crazy Vending Machine Items: Used Women's Underwear?

Used women’s underwear, it has been a much told “urban legend” that you can find these for purchase in some of Japan’s vending machines.  This claim has to be false, right?  After some research, I’m not so sure.

To The Moon, ISSpresso... Well, To The Space Station For Now

If the crew on the International Space Station can have a zero-gravity football (aka soccer ball), they can certainly have a zero-gravity espresso machine - if no one minds drinking espresso through a straw. Two Italian companies, coffee roaster Lavazza and space food expert Argotec, have developed a special espresso maker for the ISS, they aptly named the ISSpresso.

Breaking Up With Facebook Ain't So Hard To Do According To Eat24

Ever consider leaving Facebook? Heck, the Millennials are bailing in droves. But when push comes to shove and it's time to put the pedal to the metal, how many of us would actually pull the trigger? Well, there is one brave band of renegades who have not only set the bar fairly high as to how to cut those ties - but also how to read the riot act to the founding fathers while walking out of the door.

Beer Vending Machines In Sochi Spread Canadian Generosity

You don't have to look to far past television sitcoms, or big-screen comedies to see Canadians presented as generous, polite, and friendly human-beings. As an actual Canadian, won't burst your bubble and imply that these social perspectives aren't universal norms. Instead, I will further promote that ideology by showing you what Canadian is doing to encourage global connections in Sochi - through beer.

Farmer's Fridge: Innovative Vending Machines For The Health Conscious

Over the years, vending machines have really changed dramatically, in part due to ever-evolving technology that makes it possible for them to break away from the norm. Even movies and television shows have poked fun at traditional vending machines for their lackluster selection (chocolate raisins just aren't a meal substitute), and their disappointing trend of taking your money without actually making your selection accessible to you. Fortunately, vending machines are much more than that, but for health food enthusiasts, most leave something to be desired. At least, that was true until now.