Next Generation Vending Machines Dispense Healthy Food

Chef's Farm's vending machine for fresh salads

The vending machine as an urban phenomenon has a strong traditional connection with candy bars, soft drinks and other types of junk food. But the good ol’ vending machine slightly starts to gain a position in the distribution of healthy food as well. A while ago we stumbled upon a couple of initiatives that aim to automatically dispense healthy food to urbanites.

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Vending Machines For Bike Parts

Bikestock

Most of the new-generation cycling cities lack a traditional bicycle culture, with no bike lanes, no bike parking facilities and no bike repair shops on every corner of the street. This makes it pretty frustrating to use the bike for daily routine trips. The guys behind New York-based Bikestock have launched a solution for at least one of these problems: vending machines for bike parts on the street.

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Vending Machines: Coined Consumerism

Vending Machines: Coined Consumerism

We share our passion for vending machines with at least one other person on this globe: New York-based graphic designer Christopher D. Salyers. Back in 2010 he wrote a book about extraordinary vending machines around the world. Vending Machines: Coined Consumerism showcases a wide range of vending machines that offer crazy products, vending machines on the most idiot locations and vending machines that dispense their products in very strange ways.

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Biblio-Mat Vending Machine Dispenses Random Second-Hand Books

Biblio-Mat vending machine, Toronto

The Monkey’s Paw, an idiosyncratic second-hand bookstore in Toronto, has installed this entertaining one-of-a-kind vending machine. The Biblio-Mat dispenses random titles of old books. Buying a book is really a surprise here! Don’t be worried, you can expect something nice and interesting for sure, as the books inside the machine are curated by the antiquarian book shop, that’s specialized in uncommon and out-of-print books, ephemera, and images. Biblio-Mat books, which widely vary in size and subject matter, cost only 2 dollars.

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Vending Machine Offers Free Iced Tea In Exchange For A Tweet

Iced tea vending machine, Cape Town

This South African soda machine gives away free iced tea in exchange for a promotional tweet. The Bevmax 4-45 (‘BEV’) vending machine, located at Wembley Square, Cape Town, is equipped with a marquee that encourages passers-by to send a GPS-tagged tweet with a hashtag in it. As soon as the machine notices the tweet, it spits out a free can of Rooibos iced tea.

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Coca-Cola’s Huggable Vending Machine

Recently, Coca-Cola installed an extraordinary vending machine at the National University of Singapore. The machine doesn’t want your money, it wants hugs. Ain’t that a good currency in times of financial crisis? A good hug is rewarded with a free can of Coke. It’s as simple as that.

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The Seed Bomb Vending Machine

We like vending machines and we like seed bombs, so we were very delighted when we heard about this clever idea from the designers of Commonstudio. Under the name of Greenaid, the agency has launched these nifty vending machines that stimulate a bit of guerrilla gardening by appropriating the existing distribution system of the quarter…

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