You’ve seen the first batch of bizarre vending machines from around the world, now check out the second installment of oddities, starting with the gun control PSA vending machine above, from South Africa. Continue reading to see five more.
5. Sushi Vending Machine
If we had to name one food we wouldn’t trust out of a vending machine, it would probably be raw fish. Yet this Japanese vending machine sells sushi! Hey, it’s probably healthier than a bag of chips and a candy bar, though.
4. Book Vending Machine
The machine is designed to print a book — largely indistinguishable from any book you’d find on a shelf — from any of 8 million titles it has in its database. And, yes, amateur writers, it can also create a genuine book from that novel or memoir you’ve been sitting on for years.”
3. Gold Vending Machine
A computer inside the machine updates the price of gold every 10 minutes to reflect fluctuations in the world market. It sells bars and coins in various sizes, including – currently – a special souvenir 2.5g bar with the London skyline engraved on its reverse. Shoppers can also pick up a 1g coin for about £40 or a 250g bar for £10,250.
2. Robotic Ice Cream Vending Machine
Borrowing the name from its maker Yaskawa, a major Japanese bank and a leading advertising agency, Yaskawa-kun makes and sells soft serve ice cream currently at Tokyo Summerland theme park. How it works: the order is placed through a touchscreen, which the robot proceeds to make while Yaskawa-kun’s theme song plays in the background. The cuteness cannot be translated into words so you’ll have to see the video for that.
1. Marijuana Vending Machine
The city that popularized the fast food drive-thru has a new innovation: 24-hour medical marijuana vending machines. Patients suffering from chronic pain, loss of appetite and other ailments that marijuana is said to alleviate can get their pot with a dose of convenience at the Herbal Nutrition Center, where a large machine will dole out the drug around the clock.