Vending Machines have become a crucial part of the everyday life of many people. Whether you love them or hate them, you simply cannot walk past one without being tempted. At the push of a button, you can get a whole range of stuff, from soft drinks to burgers to even designer underwear!
When we think about vending machines, we imagine the glass case full of packets of crisps and Mars bars that took up more than their fair share of our youth days.
However vending machines have come a long way from selling the conventional, to today’s modern day vending machines sell everything from live crabs to full size cars. In Japan alone, there is said to be a vending machine for every 34 people, and the nation has a reputation for selling a crazy types of items through motorized boxes.
So now, many of the world’s vending machines aren’t just used for food either. Say in Dubai vending machines dispense gold bullion, machines in Munich will fulfill all of your LEGO needs and some Italian vendors will provide you with jeans and Pizza.
Here’s a look into into some of the world’s craziest vending machines.
1) Bicycle vending machine, Netherlands
When hasn’t this happened to you? You’re running down the street, or late for a meeting. You think to yourself, “What if I could reach my destination so much faster if I had a bike.” To solve this problem, the folks in the Netherlands who invented the “Bikedispenser” vending machine call it the “perfect bike solution” for anyone on the move. Now you won’t get late for your office meetings.
2) Buy a Bentley on the go
It’s insane, isn’t it? There are good inventions. And then there are great inventions. Clearly, this vending machine belongs in the latter category. An over-the-top vending machine in over-the-top Miami Beach made headlines around the world for allowing people to spend as much as $1 million on a single purchase. Items range from a yacht trip to a penthouse condo to a Bentley to a BMW motorcycle. No, the cars and yachts don’t fit through vending-machine slots; instead, you get a bag with a voucher that can be redeemed for the item you bought.
3) Gold vending machine, UAE
If you stay at The Atlantis, Palm in Dubai and were amazingly wealthy, you could treat yourself to some gold from the Gold Go vending machine. This gold vending machine checks the daily price of gold every 10 seconds via an internet connection and dispenses bars and coins weighed up to 10 grams.
4) Pepsi Vending Machine At Delhi College Campus
Whether you want a pizza, feel like sunbathing, want to puke or blush – the youth doesn’t need words anymore. As we have cool emojis to express ourselves. Pepsi caught on to this insight and pulled a genius idea off. #PepsiMoji campaign! Jaisa mood, waisi Pepsi. This was a really cool on-the-ground activation where they installed a vending machine in a Delhi college campus.
Pepsi made the whole college go crazy via its unique mood vending machine with six different moods. Select Your Emoji Mood, perform a surprise task and enjoy a chilled Pepsi bottle that matches your mood.
5) Dog food Vending machine, Turkey
This vending machine doesn’t accept coins but, plastic bottles. Pugedon is the latest vending machine to come out of Istanbul and runs completely off solar power. The profit made from the recycled drinking water bottles covers the cost of the pet food it distributes which in turn, feeds the city’s stray dogs and cats. An idea that dogs dine in.
6) Freshly Baked Pizza Vending Machine, Italy
7) An electric car vending machine – China
While traveling to china, for just $3 per hour, you too could rent an electric car from a giant machine. The vending machine was designed in attempt to tackle problems of transport, space and pollution.
8) Marijuana vending machine, Vancouver
This will satisfy your all needs to stay high. A Vancouver medicinal marijuana dispensary has installed what they say is Canada’s first vending machine for pot. It’s packaged up and sealed professionally. So you come in, you buy your product, it’s fresh, it’s quick and easy, and you’re out here in minutes.
9) Helmet Vending machine
The automated dispenser that has just debuted in Boston is likely to garner the fanfare of the society. At a time when bike-sharing programs are among the hottest trends around the world, this machine promises to solve a vexing and potentially dangerous problem by finally letting riders not only check out bicycles from kiosks to commute, ride across town, or sight-see, but also to cheaply rent the helmets they need to protect themselves from traffic. Located by the bike sharing station at Boylston Street and Mass. Ave, the HelmetHub holds over 30 helmets. The goal? Encourage all users, whether daily commuters or one-time visitors, to ride safely.
10) Book vending machine
Bookworms rejoice! BooksActually, a local independent bookstore known for its fiction and literature curations, has unveiled book vending machines recently at high traffic spots in Singapore. Currently, two of the vending machines are located at the National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Visitor Centre on shopping street, Orchard Road. Each of these machines carry up to 150 books, with a focus on titles by local publishers and authors.
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