Everyone loves the convenient emotion-less vendors, and here are some that take the everyday vending machines to a whole new level!
Words: Haze Jalalludin
Ah Japan, the mecca of all quirky creations. But as time would have it, the whole world is now on a vending machine craze. From everyday convenient supplies to mind-baffling ‘who would get that’ items, this is just the beginning of many more weird machines to come!
10. France: Hot long buns
Everyone loves the smell of freshly baked bread in the mornings, and as for the French, it hits a little closer to home as a French breakfast is hardly complete without a fresh loaf of baguette in the morning. Just pop on over to your neighbourhood vending machine for a warm toasty delight!
9. Japan: Rain rain go away…
Getting stuck out in the rain is definitely the recipe for a bad day out. That’s why the umbrella vending machine’s mission is to keep your clothes (and yourself) dry for a day of endless happiness! You’ll find plenty of these in Tokyo, especially in the subway stations.
8. California: Get your fix
Gone were the days of rushing to the pharmacy to get your prescription medication. With Medbox, Southern Californians can now get their medical essentials with a swipe of their medical card and fingerprint scan – from asthma medications to medical marijuana, only if your doctor prescribes it.
7. North Carolina: Bait for me
Fishing must be big in North Carolina, with the live bait vending machine at the mercy of all the impromptu fisherman who can now hit the lakesides at their leisure. From live worms to tackles and other fishing supplies, your casual walk by the lake now can be a whirlwind of a fishing adventure!
6. Europe: Let’s Pizza!
Says the inviting text on this huge contraption that promises you customised freshly made pizza in just 3 minutes! Sweeping the European countries by storm, this vending machine is on the rise to give the “30 minutes or less delivery” a run for its money, making every minute count!
5. Japan: Fresh new duds
Whether you’ve had a little wardrobe malfunction or just looking for a quick fix, the panty vending machine runs 24/7 to satisfy all your fresh new panty needs. Running with Japan’s eccentric obsession with tech and sex, this seemingly innocent vending machine, though convenient, often draws the attention of the opposite gender.
4. Japan: Egg-scellent!
Farm fresh eggs are prized in any booming metropolitan, and Tokyo is no different. Among the rows of cold drinks and cigarette machines, you’ll see this warm incubator-like machine where you can pick up a fresh dozen for your next meal! Eggs, cold drink and cigarette’s from your neighbourhood vendor is the perfect recipe for a breakfast of champions!
3. Japan: Rice away!
Rice is the heart of an Asian meal and holds a very special place for the person who invented the rice vending machine in Japan. Sold in pound bags around the country, this vending machine assures neighbourhood residents that there’ll be enough rice for dinner for the whole family!
2. Dubai: The Midas touch
Diamonds are forever but nothing is as good as gold. That’s why ‘Gold to Go’ in Dubai accepts cash or card for gold nuggets, slivers and even gold bars! So gentleman, if you forget a certain important date, the answer to your prayers is in this nifty little machine.
1. China: Crab-tastic!
The number one spot goes to the most bizarre vending machine ever! Ever craved for a nice crab dish but you reside far from the sea or a seafood supply shop? Well fret no more, as the live crab vending machine is here! Yes, you heard right – LIVE! Satisfying the Chinese commuters’ needs, this live hairy crab machine puts the beauties in “sleep” mode with temperatures as low as 5°C. The specialised (patent pending) case also makes dispensing and handling the crabs a breeze as commuters swoop up the crabs daily.