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Top 5 Coolest Vending Machines of 2009

Vending machines are all about offering convenient services for consumers, and in a world where we have trouble slowing down; vending machines are capturing every niche market. I've written about a wide variety of vending machines in the past, but read on, because these ones are newer vending machine prototypes which are set to be amongst the coolest of 2009.


On Call Gourmet Beach BBQ Delivers To Copenhagen Vacation Spots

Sunning yourself in the lap of luxury at a Danish Beach in Copenhagen, the last thing you want to do is remove yourself from your perfect vantage point to the ocean, get dressed and go on a potentially endless trek for a junky beach fare meal. Capturing the market of people who have encountered this exact dilemma, Sommergrill is an on call beach BBQ service with a gourmet menu.


Vending Machines in Japan Offer Free Drinks in Case of Emergency

Free drinks from a beverage vending machine? It's more likely than you think - in Japan, that is. Specially labeled vending machines equipped with battery backup are programmed to offer victims of natural disasters life-giving water and soft drinks at no charge.

Exercise Your Mind At Brain Fitness Gym Vibrant Brains

With today's health trends, people of all ages and all lifestyles hit the gym multiple times a week. But, while we're so concerned about exercising our bodies to meet today's aesthetic standards, we forget about our minds and strengthening them in the now and for the future. A new San Francisco based business is trying to bring brain activity into the mainstream, by offering a fitness gym called Vibrant Brains. Created with Baby Boomers in mind, the brain gym can help keep minds sharp today and prevents the onset of mental impairments in the future.


RockDex: A Measure for Bands Effectiveness on Social Media

Social media is one of the cheapest, most effective ways of branding.  And for musicians, branding is what it's all about.  An artist can spend time developing social media accounts and multimedia promotions to get their name out there, but how can they tell if it's effective?  Well, unless you have big money to spend on market penetration assessments, you can use RockDex.

First Flavor Memorable Marketing: Taste Test Tryvertising

An innovative marketing company is finally recognizing the power of taste in brand marketing and is helping food producers sell their products using more than just visual appeal. While historically, food and drink brands have marketed their products through sample packages distributed by mail or during taste test sessions at local grocery stores; First Flavor uses an approach that allows potential consumers to taste their clients' products that is less costly, more convenient, and rather innovative.

What's On Your Mind? Twittering Via Brain Waves

New technology being developed by a team of researchers would allow those with locked-in syndrome to send out tweets. The technology essentially reads their minds and allows them to communicate their thoughts without the need of manually typing.

Want To Be On Reality TV? Italian Resort Offers Reality TV Inspired Vacations

For those who have turned on their favorite reality TV show, and thought "man, I'd like to do that", a major Italian vacation tour operator is about to make your dream comes true with Reality Village.


Flashiest Vending Machine Of 2009: U’Tique Upscale Beauty Vending Launches In California

I've shown you a wide variety of vending machines in the past, and they're always a big hit as one of the top businesses of convenience; here's a new one for you that might just be the flashiest vending machine of 2009. U'Tique, the most upscale vending machine seen to date is about to launch its first vending location at Fred Segal in Santa Monica, California, and it manages to combine convenience and class through dispensing top of the line beauty products.


Minibar: New Hospitality Trend Emerges With The Serve Yourself Bar

A frequent part of the dining out or nightlife experience involves waiting for that server or cocktail waitress to notice that you need a refill. Realizing that people might spend far more money in their dining establishment if they didn't need to wait to be served, Minibar, a European nightlife experience, brings the serve yourself hotel style minibar out to the nightclubs.