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Clever Teen Turns His Locker Into a Soda Machine

Most high school students struggle to write a passable essay on Catcher in the Rye, but Blake Hawkins has more than earned his high school diploma — and some spending money on the side — by turning an unused locker into a fully-functional soda can vending machine. Read More >>

robots
We Need to Be Inventing More Robots That Serve Humans Delicious Frozen Yogurt

Instead of building and designing bomb-laden autonomous drones, or humanoid robots like ATLAS who are probably going to overthrow humanity in a couple of years, researchers should be inventing robots like the Frobot vending machine that only exists to serve up frozen yogurt. Read More >>

weapons
We Should Turn All Rifles Into Sweet Dispensers

Artist Constantine Zlatev, working with Kostadin Ilov, a computer scientist at UC Berkeley, has come up with a clever way to repurpose old weapons as sweet dispensers so that they only pose a risk to a perfect smile. Read More >>

lego
Build This Lego Coffee Maker and Never Leave Your Desk

Vending machines are usually terrible at making coffee, but the Lego savants over on the AstonishingStudios YouTube channel have built a vending machine from plastic bricks that serves up a hot cup of liquid energy using Starbucks’s powdered coffee packets. Read More >>

design
Beverage-Dispensing Burger King Vending Machine Is a Lego Masterpiece

If YouTube’s AstonishingStudios was ever able to convince Lego to turn all of its creations into real sets, we’d never have to leave our desks to get breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Their latest creation is a Burger King vending machine that serves up chips, Whoppers, and even dispenses Coca-Cola. Read More >>

gadgets
£7,783 For Your Own Private Jelly Bean Vending Machine Sounds Totally Reasonable

You can find jelly beans at almost any shop, but that involves actually getting up and going somewhere to satisfy your sweet tooth. Why go through all that hassle when for just over $10,300/£7,783 you can buy your own personal jelly bean vending machine and set it up right next to your desk at work, or sofa at home? Read More >>

food
Add Fresh Baked Baguettes to the List of Things You Can Buy From a Vending Machine

Compared to countries like Japan, and most of Europe, the US is decidedly trailing when it comes to vending machine technology. But thanks to a machine called the Le Bread Xpress, hungry Americans who are pressed for time can now grab a freshly baked baguette from a machine in less than 20 seconds. Read More >>

lego
Sweep Everything Off Your Desk and Make Room for This Lego Pizza Hut Machine

The latest addition to Astonishing Studio’s line of “sets Lego should really be making” is a miniature Pizza Hut that dispenses personal pan pizzas after you feed it money using a working currency slot. Imagine having pizza on-demand at your desk at all times, suddenly you’ll look forward to going to work. Read More >>

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Single Vending Machine Replaces Last Shop in English Town

So clever, so depressing: the English town of Clifton, having dwindled in economic strength over the years, has responded to the loss of its last place to shop with a giant vending machine. The so-called Speedy Shop—really, an over-sized, building-shaped machine standing alone in a dreary parking lot—is meant to help bring some economic life back to the town. Read More >>

networks
Your Next Coke Could Come With Internet Access

Looks like the way we drink soda is about to get a whole lot smarter—or, at the very least, more connected. OpenStack Engineering Manager Alavaro Lopez Ortega stumbled across the fact that The Coca Cola Company recently registered no less than 16 million MAC (media access control) addresses. The question is: What exactly is Coke planning on doing with that much networked hardware? Read More >>

robots
Oh Man, This Genius Guy Created a Robot to Steal from Vending Machines

You could use measuring tape to steal a can of soda from a vending machine but if you're a genius, why not just invent a freaking robot to do the dirty work for you? This guy did just that. He inserts his robot inside the vending machine and controls it to grab as many sodas as possible. Awesome. Read More >>

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A Measuring Tape is All it Takes to Steal From a Vending Machine

If you're ever thirsty for delicious carbonated sugar syrup and find yourself without any change, maybe you'll be wise enough to carry around a measuring tape with you. Turns out, the wild minds of Russia have developed a slick vending machine hack that'll give you free sodas. And it only takes just a little bit of force. Here's how they do it. Read More >>

foodmodo
Caviar Vending Machines Are Perfect for the Tycoon on the Go

Ever found yourself in the mood for some caviar but didn't have quite enough time to stop off for some on the way to your private jet for a trip to your own personal island? Me neither, but apparently someone has, because they invented the caviar vending machine. Read More >>

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Microwave Vending Machine Serves Up Hot and Cold Snacks

The guilt of spending your uni years dining from vending machines could be a thing of the past with a new model that serves up a piping hot meal alongside a cold drink. A company called EatWave Vending has created a refrigerated machine with a microwave inside, letting it automatically nuke pre-packaged items like burritos and sandwiches. Read More >>

robots
This Huggable Vending Machine Will Never Love You

In Singapore, you can hug a vending machine and get a free Coca-Cola in return. Coke is, apparently, planning to roll the campaign out across Southeast Asia. Would you hug a machine? Read More >>