Over the weekend, the web was buzzing with news of a new hi-tech gadget hitting vending machines in France. Though, I'm sure operators aren't hoping to see one any time soon. Welcome, soda robot.[read more]
I happened across one of those large not-for-snacks vending machines in the mall the other day. Nothing new...they've had one selling iPods, iPads, other iThings, cameras, cases, lotions, lipsticks...you get the iDea. (Pun intended.) What surprised me was the location of said machine (see photo).[read more]
Along for the Ride
No doubt, New Orleans is a hot spot for visitors. Now, one cab company owner has taken it upon himself to ensure that those needing a ride through the city never suffer thirst.
Enter Back Seat Vending. Now, in many cabs throughout the city, visitors going around and in the French Quarter can satisfy their taste buds with a selection of ice-cold beverages with the swipe of a credit card. All this convenience for only $1.[read more]
Remember back when 3D glasses were blue and red, and cardboard? Now, many homes have 3DHDTVs (and whatever other letters are tacked on), complete with high-tech battery operated glasses so it's like a theater in your home. Now, at UC Berkeley, you will soon be able to print whatever your heart desires, or your brain designed, in 3D without the nearly two week wait.[read more]
Long ago are the days where college kids might think of going to the club when they hear that phrase. Welcome to the 2010s.
Drexel University in Philadelphia has recently set up a vending machine that dispenses Mac laptops [http://venturebeat.com/2013/01/09/in-this-universitys-laptop-vending-machine-the-macbooks-are-free/]. For free. No, they're not to keep, but students and faculty may borrow the computers so they feel safer walking across campus, avoiding being targeted by thieves looking to snag some electronics.[read more]
It seems that there is a topic out in front of others in the vending market as the year changed. No, not kicking unhealthy snacks, or calorie counting, but getting medical marijuana machines out in mainstream locations[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/04/pot-vending-machine-medbox-washington-colorado_n_2409645.html].[read more]