Vending machines, such as soft drinks and snacks, are practical, 24 hours a day and in seconds you can have your product without the need or goodwill of a human hand. That was the beginning of everything, today they have diversified their use, and now they offer unusual services and products for a machine. Check out this top 10 and comment on what you think and the ones that were missing from this list.
In a machine inside a subway station in China, you will find something, at the very least, strange. One of the very common cultures of Asians is seafood and its typical recipes include fresh crab. With that in mind, they managed to create this machine that can keep the crab alive at low temperatures in a state of hibernation. The breeder company claims that they are all alive, but if you are unlucky to find a dead one, and it is proven, you get 3 free crabs. In this video about the machine, you can see them move.
In Holland, where this project was started, there is a great action by the government to leave the car and ride a bike, a great example for the rest of the world. Today, even in Brazil it is possible to find places to rent bicycles (RJ, SP), but not like in Holland. In these machines, you just need to approach the user card and pick up the bike, being able to return it at any other machine in other parts of the city. Once returned, your time is up. Each bike has a GPS trackable chip.
In Abu Dhabi, land of sheikhs and tycoons, he decided to make life easier for his guests in order for them to take a souvenir of their stay. This machine makes an “exchange” of cash for coins and small gold tablets. I mean exchange because it was like that in the past when there was no money.
Are you angry? Wasn’t your day one of the best? This machine came to relieve your stress, just put a coin, choose the desired dish through the panel and enjoy it falling from a height of one meter and breaking inside the machine.
AutoWed is a machine that performs the wedding ceremony in a totally different and unimaginable way. Dismissing priest/pastor, follows the script asking if you accept the companion, and all the answers must be typed in the panel. The machine also provides dummy plastic and certified wedding rings.
You know that moment every woman goes through, when the shoes burst, the heel breaks or even when you can’t stand that huge heel anymore? This machine promises to end your problems in a sustainable way. With comfortable and biodegradable shoes, you help the environment and will have enormous support in these embarrassing moments. The shoe is malleable and you can keep it in your bag and take it with you wherever you go.
It’s amazing how the Japanese manage to outdo themselves in terms of technology, and now marketing. This machine doesn’t exactly do what the others do, nobody is going to drive that car out of there. Through it is possible to receive a tube with all the information about that car, stickers, and sales plans. This, which many salespeople would not do in a mall, the machine fulfils, and makes this purpose of connecting the customer to the company in an innovative way.
Straight Up is a machine that since 2007 has been at the forefront of English women. Almost mandatory item in women’s restrooms in bars and restaurants, just put some coins and turn around in 90 seconds, if you need more time, just insert more coins.
Mobile Vending Machine
Back in 2006 Motorola used these machines to sell many of its products and accessories. A quick sale is made, whether in cash or card, eliminating salespeople and additional expenses. Is there an express call there? Probably not.
Battery Charging Station
This is a difficulty that everyone goes through, especially in Brazil, where we have more active cell lines than inhabitants. The purpose of this machine is to be in the busiest points to recharge the battery of any brand and model of cell phone for a few coins as there are still many areas that don’t have any power.
Have you seen any of these weird and wonderful vending machines in the real world? Which vending machines have you used in the past? Do let us know in the comments below.