This Coin-Operated Radio Was Like a Vending Machine For Your Ears

Back in the 1920s, it seemed everything was becoming coin-operated. All over the U.S., you could find coin-operated weighing machines at railroad stations; coin-operated vending machines were chock full of candy, cigarettes and other tasty treats; and the automatic coin-operated shoe shine machine was even threatening… » 7/02/13 5:24pm 7/02/13 5:24pm

This Vending Machine Churns Out Fresh-Baked Bread

Click to viewWhoever said Japan had a monopoly on crazy vending machines? Sure they've got live crabs and bananas. But can they match the awesome power of France's baguette dispensers? Put in one Euro, wait one minute for the bread to break, and another thirty seconds for it to cool off. Sure, they don't taste good.… » 2/23/11 4:00pm 2/23/11 4:00pm

Best Buy to Install More Vending Machines at Top Airports

The Best Buy vending machine at Dallas/Fort Worth airport will be just one of a series of "Best Buy Express" machines, according to new info from Best Buy itself. In partnership with ZoomSystems, Best Buy will install similar machines at Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and San… » 8/11/08 8:30am 8/11/08 8:30am

Best Buy Vending Machine Haunts Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

Forgetting to bring your electronics with you on a flight sucks really, really hard. This is why the DFW airport has allowed Best Buy to put Best Buy Express vending machines inside several terminals, giving travelers a chance to pick up the lost gadgets, chargers or headphones that they would otherwise have to do… » 7/31/08 6:30pm 7/31/08 6:30pm

Passive Aggressive Anger Release Machine, or Goodbye Kitty

Laydeez an' gennulmen, I bring you the passive-agressive anger-release machine, an interactive sculpture by Yarisal and Kublitz. It's pretty self-explanatory—a vending machine that smashes smashables for you, although I'm not sure it gives you the same satisfaction that you get from chucking china at the floor. I… » 6/10/08 5:35am 6/10/08 5:35am

Cigarette Machine to Teens: "Get Outta Here Ya Damn Kids!"

Listen up, Japanese teens: vending machine maker Fujitaka Co. is on to your sneaky cigarette-buying ways, and has created a machine that uses a camera and face recognition software to try and stop you. The machine takes your picture when you press the "Adult Recognition" button, and analyzes your face for wrinkles and… » 11/05/07 6:00pm 11/05/07 6:00pm