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Tech Spotlight: World’s First Burrito Vending Machine


The world of vending machines knows no boundaries and this has been proven yet again.  Introducing the World's First Burrito Kiosk ( really just a fancy word for vending machine).  Whatever you want to call it this is pretty ingenious.  Personally I don't care for frozen foods or even burritos for that matter but I would be willing to give this machine a try.  We are not quite sure about the mechanics of the machine, nor how often it is restocked and such but one thing we can say is it looks pretty cool.

See more on their website, tastetheburritobox.com



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Tech Spotlight: Farmer’s Fridge vending machine sells fresh made organic salads



Farmer’s Fridge is a vending machine that delivers healthy, gourmet meals made from fresh, high quality ingredients each morning.


About the Company
Why should junk food be so easy to get, but not healthy food? And who says healthy can’t be delicious, too? No sir, not us. Our big idea is to make slow food, available fast. To deliver a fresh take on fresh. To turn the vending machine into a veggie machine. And make access to healthy, delicious food the rule, not the exception.

Don’t think of the Farmer’s Fridge kiosk as a vending machine. It’s a veggie machine. And just as each salad is a culinary thing of beauty, the kiosk is a work of art in its own right. Made from reclaimed wood (provided by Modern Urban Woods of West Chicago) and even some recycled materials, each one is unique and user-friendly.




A Few Facts:

The Farmer’s Fridge kiosk accepts all major credit cards.

Touch screens, bar code scanners for coupons and email receipts make it super user-friendly. We haven’t tested this, but it may actually hug you, too.

Product images, nutrition and ingredient information are in a large, easy to read format.

You can buy multiple items at once.

Power consumption for each machine is under $10 worth of electricity a month.

It keeps your food at the perfect temperature.



How it Works

We get fresh produce every morning.

We arrive at 5 a.m. and make everything from scratch… daily.

We make everything in our local, fully licensed, shared kitchen… daily.

We deliver the salads to the machine at 10 a.m. and remove the unsold salads (which we donate to a local food pantry)… daily.

We discount any unsold salads by $1 at 6 p.m. … nightly.


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The race begins for vending machines in US cabs

It appears that vending machines for cabs may be the next frontier for the market, with both TaxiTreats and New Orleans Carriage Cab developing ways for passengers to buy products on the move.

Vending machines appear to be a platform ripe for new innovation, and Springwise has seen numerous twists on the concept – from beer and wifi dispensers to machines that work only for adults. Now it appears that the next frontier of this market may be vending machines for cabs, with both TaxiTreats and New Orleans Carriage Cab developing ways for passengers to buy products on the move.

Continue Reading @ SpringWise

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Vending Machine Makes You Dance for a Free Coke [VIDEO]

So you think you can dance? Let this Coke vending machine decide.

Coca-Cola, which has been experimenting with technology for its vending machines, recently rolled one out in South Korea that challenges consumers to copy the dance moves of boy band 2PM. The closer they emulate the moves, the more Cokes they get.

The cola giant employed Microsoft’s Kinect technology to allow the machine to read the moves. As the video above shows, the idea is a crowd pleaser. Then again, people have been known to do strange things around vending machines, including worship them on occasion.

Full Article @ Mashable

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Vending Machines Will Show Calories

NEW YORK (AP) — As criticism of sugary sodas intensifies, Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper are rolling out new vending machines that will put calorie counts right at your fingertips.

The move comes ahead of a regulation that would require restaurant chains and vending machines to post the information as early as next year, although the specifics for complying with the requirement are still being worked out.

"They're seeing the writing on the wall and want to say that it's corporate responsibility," said Mike Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which advocates for food safety and nutrition.

Still, he noted that it was an important step forward. "Currently, people don't think about calories when they go up to a vending machine," he said. "Having the calories right on the button will help them make choices."

The American Beverage Association, which represents Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc., said the calorie counts will be on the buttons people press to select a drink. Vending machines will also feature small decals, such as "Calories Count: Check Then Choose."

The vending machines will launch in Chicago and San Antonio municipal buildings in 2013 before appearing nationally.

Without providing specifics, the American Beverage Association said the machines will also boost the availability of lower- and zero-calorie drinks.

"We have market research that says consumers really like this — they like choice, they like the ability to make choices," said Susan Neely, president of the industry group.

A mock-up of a new machine provided by Coca-Cola showed 20-ounce bottles of its flagship drink and Sprite inside vending machines, with labels on the buttons stating "240 calories."

The soda industry has been under fire for fueling rising obesity rates. Last month, New York City approved a first-in-the-nation plan to prohibit the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces in the city's restaurants, movie theaters and stadiums.

Notably, the beverage industry fought aggressively to fight the ban and hasn't ruled out taking legal action to stop it from taking effect this spring.

This November, voters in Richmond, Calif. will also decide whether to approve a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks.

The decision to post calorie information follows the Supreme Court's decision this summer to uphold President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, which includes a regulation that would require restaurant chains and with more than 20 locations and vending operators with more than 20 machines to post calorie information.

McDonald's Corp. also announced last month that it would begin posting calorie information on its menus nationwide. Like the soda industry, the fast-food giant said it was a voluntary decision and not spurred by the pending requirement.

In addition to public health concerns, soft drink makers are dealing with shifting consumer habits. Soda consumption per person has been declining in the U.S. since 1998, according to the Beverage Digest. The decline is partly the result of the growing number of options such as flavored waters, bottled teas and sports drinks — which Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper also make.

As a result, Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper are focusing on developing more diet drinks, as well as expanding into other drinks to reduce their reliance on sodas.

There is no timetable for when all vending machines will be converted. Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper often work with third-party operators to provide drinks in vending machines; Neely said the companies will work with those outside operators to convert all machines over time.

Vending machines account for about 13 percent of sales volume, a figure that has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, according to Beverage Digest.

Soda consumption is often identified for playing a role in rising obesity rates, although other factors such as a lack of physical activity and overeating also contribute.

Last month, the New England Journal of Medicine published a decades-long study of more than 33,000 Americans that showed sugary beverages interact with genes that affect weight, meaning they are especially harmful to people who are hereditarily predisposed to weight gain.

Bonnie Sashin, who works as a communications director for a nonprofit in Brookline, Mass., says she stays away from sugary drinks, limiting herself to a can of Diet Dr Pepper or Diet Coke about twice a month. But she thought the move to display calorie information on vending machines was a positive development.

"Anything that helps us be more educated about calories is a good thing," Sashin said.

via AP

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Japan’s Oddest Vending Machines

Everyone knows how vending machines have become an important part of life to the Japanese. In fact, there are only few places left without them.

It was reported that about 5.6 million coin-operated and card-operated “vendos” can be found across Japan. That’s quite a number — surpassing New Zealand’s population!

From canned sodas to panties, even to cars, you name it, surely there’s a vending machine somewhere that has it!

View All The Pics @ WAN

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Live Crab Vending Machines in China Subway

Most of the time, we are too tired to cook after a long day at work.

If you live in Nanjing, China, though, you are lucky. You can get a crab right from the vending machine! Having skipped the hassle of making a trip to the market to buy groceries, you simply go home and cook the fresh hairy crab to your desired taste.

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The crabs are priced from US$1.50 to US$8, depending on the size. You can even buy a bottle of vinegar to spice up your crab, for only US$0.80.

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The vending machine is kept at a constant temperature of 5-10 degrees Celsius to make sure that the crabs are in a constant state of hibernation. They are also packed in custom-shaped plastic packages.

crab vending machine Live Crab Vending Machines in China Subway picture

Better yet, if by chance you get a dead crab, you get three crabs for free!

A customer who has tried the crabs said, “Two days ago, I was passing by, and saw that they were cheaper than at the markets. I was curious, so I got two. They tasted all right, so I’m back today for more.”

It looks as if the busy commuters of Nanjing will never go to bed on an empty stomach again.

Full Article @ WAN

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Fridge Vending Machine Lets You Buy Food Without Waiting In Line

The ShelfXVending Fridge is a self-service machine that allows customers to purchase products like beverages, fruit and sandwiches without having to go up to the checkout. The company combines QR codes, RFID cards, mobile apps and smart shelves to provide flexible food vending and inspire further self-checkout strategies. Customers can use the ShelfX app (which stores their account and payment information) to scan the fridge’s QR code with their phone. This unlocks the door and lets them remove any items they want to buy. An RFID-enabled XCard, which acts the same as the app, can also be scanned to open the fridge.

Full Article @ PSFK

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Taxi Vending Machine Lets You Buy From The Backseat

The winner of the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Next Idea competition, “TaxiTreats,” is a vending machine for cabs that could provide passengers with energy drinks, snack bars, gum, mints and over-the-counter pain relievers.

Taxi Vending Machine Could Provide Snacks For Hungry Passengers

The concept was developed by NYU Stern School of Business MBA candidate Brian Shimmerlik and Universidad de Buenos Aires student Tomas Grosskopf, who envisioned the machine mounted to the back of the driver’s partition next to the TV screens that feature in the new cab models.

Taxi Vending Machine Could Provide Snacks For Hungry Passengers

The pair were awarded with $17,500, free office space to help realize their initiative, and networking opportunities with New York City-based investors, entrepreneurs, professors, and government officials.

Full Article @ PSFK

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Underwear from vending machines or to the doorstep

MeUndies offers an online underwear subscription service alongside vending machines stocked with briefs, pants and thongs.

We’ve seen vending machines stocked with unusual products before, from fresh seafood to books, and we’ve seen an underwear subscription service courtesy of Panty by Post. Now combining those ideas is MeUndies, offering briefs and thongs in vending machines alongside an online subscription service.

Customers using the site are invited to fill out a questionnaire about their favorite styles, sizes and colors, which lets MeUndies find stock from its range of in-house underwear for men and women to match their preferences. Members can access these recommendations in a virtual ‘drawer’ and choose which items they would like to receive in the post. The site sends out one item each month at a cost of USD 16 — which includes shipping for most customers on the US mainland — unless the user decides to skip a month or pause the service. Subscribers can also choose to add as many extra items as they like, with each additional product priced at USD 16. Tapping into the vending machine trend, MeUndies is also offering its undergarments at the Confederacy Boutique in Los Angeles, with plans to expand into hotels, fitness centers and airports. Vending machine prices reflect those found online.

By cutting out the middlemen — producing its own range and avoiding brick-and-mortar outlets — the startup seeks to provide more affordable underwear on demand. With plans to expand and introduce new clothes options in the future, could this be one to partner with?

Website: www.meundies.com
Contact: support@meundies.com


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