Oh, pardon me. Zoom Systems—manufacturer or the machine—doesn't like for these to be called vending machines, rather they are robotic stores. That's just like calling a prostitute an escort. No need to pretty up the name. The Sony vending machine is made by the same folks that made the ever-so-popular iPod Vending Machines. There are currently three machines throughout in the U.S.: Santa Rose, Calif.; Boulder, Colo and Atlanta. These machines could be pretty useful if you are the person that hates scumbag consumer electronics store salesmen who constantly try to push unnecessary accessories and warranties on your purchases.