7 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

Hundreds of images flash in front of our eyes each week as we navigate this strange machine we call the internet. But sometimes those images are lying to us. The following lies are culled from the bits and bytes that came through the tubes over the past few weeks. » 3/03/15 1:15pm 3/03/15 1:15pm

Why Vending Machines Are So Popular in Japan

Right now, I am visiting New York. There are not many vending machines here, like there are in Osaka, where I live. Surely, there must be a good reason for Japan having all those vending machines. Turns out, there are several. » 1/29/15 8:00am 1/29/15 8:00am

Self-Serve Beer Vending Machines Are Coming to the Ballpark

The Minnesota Twins' Target Field will be one of the first sports venues in the country to introduce DraftServ's beer vending machines, which will reduce the long lines at concession stands, help regulate alcohol consumption, and give attendees more choice when it comes to what they're drinking. » 7/08/14 2:20pm 7/08/14 2:20pm

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… » 4/10/14 3:20pm 4/10/14 3:20pm

Your Next Soda 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… » 1/02/14 4:00pm 1/02/14 4:00pm

9 Vintage Vending Machines From a Time When They'd Sell Anything

Vending machines didn't always just sling soda and smokes. Did you know the automated peddlers have been around for about two thousand years? In fact, the very first vending machine was invented by first-century mathematician Hero of Alexandria to dispense holy water using a series of valves, pulleys, and weights. And… » 7/11/13 9:00am 7/11/13 9:00am

Vending Machines For Pot Products Exist Now

Let's be real here, what could come from a URL like www.thedispensingsolution.com BUT a vending machine for pot? Medbox, the company that produces the $50,000 units, is ramping up and attempting to place them in dispensaries around the country. Consumers can't walk up to a Medbox and feed it their cash, but they can… » 5/12/13 11:00am 5/12/13 11:00am

The World's Thinnest Coke Machine Can Slide Under Your Bed

Coca-Cola promotes its Diet Coke as the perfect soft drink for those looking to keep a slim figure. And to further drive that point home, the sugar water empire teamed up with Ogilvy & Mather Paris to create the Slender Vender—the world's thinnest vending machine. » 5/06/13 12:28pm 5/06/13 12:28pm

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. » 4/25/13 11:00pm 4/25/13 11:00pm

How to Get a Can of Soda for Free from a Vending Machine

If you're ever thirsty for delicious carbonated sugar syrup and find yourself without any cash or quarters, 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… » 3/26/13 7:20pm 3/26/13 7:20pm

New Orleans Gets the Country's First Vending Machine-Equipped Taxis

Occasionally you'll luck out and climb into a taxi cab with such amenities as free tissues, discarded newspapers, or all the tourist pamphlets you can carry. But if you find yourself in New Orleans, you might end up in one of the 250 vehicles in the Orleans Carriage Cab fleet that now feature soda-dispensing vending… » 3/22/13 4:20pm 3/22/13 4:20pm

Drexel's MacBook Machine Spits Out Free Loaner Laptops

Philadelphia's Drexel University has introduced a 24 hour vending machine that dispenses MacBooks instead of sugar water and snacks. But instead of selling the laptops to staff and students, the kiosk lends them out free of charge—with proper ID—for five-hour periods. » 1/11/13 12:40pm 1/11/13 12:40pm

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. » 11/24/12 5:00pm 11/24/12 5:00pm

Microwave Vending Machine Serves Up Hot and Cold Snacks

The guilt of spending your college 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… » 11/06/12 4:20pm 11/06/12 4:20pm

Would Calorie Counts on Vending Machines Stop You from Eating and…

New vending machines are going to display how many calories are in your body-expanding soft drinks, and offer some healthier alternatives. But is that going to actually matter? At all? No, right? » 10/08/12 5:20pm 10/08/12 5:20pm

This Vending Machine Won't Give Up Your Beer Until You Tackle It

We've all smacked a vending machine at one time or another to free a snagged snack. But to encourage a bunch of rowdy rugby fans to choose its beer, Argentina's Cerveza Salta created a vending machine that has to be tackled before it will give up its goods. » 6/12/12 11:20am 6/12/12 11:20am

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? » 4/10/12 11:00am 4/10/12 11:00am

Prize-Winning Concept Could Bring Vending Machines To New York Taxis

As the big apple begins to slowly roll out its fancy new fleet of taxi cabs, a contest held by the New York Economic Development Corporation could one day see them further improved with sundry-dispensing vending machines. » 4/07/12 9:00am 4/07/12 9:00am

Hand-Cranked Vending Machines Will Not Save You During an Emergency

After the disasters that befell the country last year, Japan has been focusing its efforts on designing self-powered products that will still function during an emergency. Including water-dispensing vending machines that can be charged via a vigorous amount of cranking. » 3/13/12 7:20pm 3/13/12 7:20pm

The Vending Machine of Tomorrow Will Lure You in With Beautiful…

There's the potential for the next generation of touchscreen LCD vending machines to be an all out assault on our senses. So here's hoping more companies
will take this subtly animated approach instead of horrifying advertisements. » 12/15/11 1:00pm 12/15/11 1:00pm