The first thought that comes to mind when you think about vending machines is the usual automated junk food filled dispensing box. In actuality the vending industry has always been introducing new methods and products. In the picture below from 1949, model Betty Dutter uses a spray nozzle from a vending machine which sprays you with suntan lotion 30 seconds at a time for ten cents.
Unique Vending Machines from Around the World
Some of the most unique business models are based on automated vending boxes that can do more than just dispense a packaged item. Being that we are in the innovative vending business we decided to share what our team found to be the seven most ingenious vending machines.
This award winning Dutch company created a bike vending machine that allows you to rent a RFID bike from one machine, ride it wherever you are going, then leave it at another vending machine.
This Los Angeles, CA based company, Burrito Box found a way to dispense a Chipotle style burrito for under 5 bucks. You even get to enjoy some music while you wait!
Crack Pipe Vending Machines
No you did not read it wrong, “There Are Crack-Pipe Vending Machines in Vancouver”, read a Vice article. The controversial vending machines are being placed by mental & substance abuse groups to stop the spreading of diseases caused by sharing pipes. These same groups are also doing needle exchange machines.
Virginia Tech has a DreamVendor: 3D printing machine that can instantly carve out your models in 3D. All you need is an SD card and a big imagination and you are on your way to a perfect 3D printed model from a machine.
Now available in Japan and China you have an automated electric car storage that can hold up to 300 smart cars, where for $3.25 an hour you can have dispensed from a huge vending machine.
Micro markets are popping up in airports, hotels and even in private businesses. This unattended vending phenomena has all the convenience of a store without the hassle. InstaHealthy’s line of micro markets only offer organic & fresh healthy options in these modern day kiosks.
Health Food Stores
It used to be a mission to find healthy snacks or drinks. Only speciality stores like Trader Joe’s would carry the organic treats or speciality gluten free snacks. Now we have healthy vending machines, like InstaHealthy’s state-of-the art vending machine that distributes nothing, but healthy products.
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