1Live Crab Vending Machine
Located in the Xinjiekou subway station, in Nanjing, China, this particular vending machine is full of live hairy crabs and crab vinegar, making it available to enjoy seafood on the go. When it was first installed, people would stop and stare at the crustaceans inside, and others would even take out their cameras and take photos of them. Business was out to a slow start, with only one hairy crab sold per day, but as people got used to the thought of buying live crabs from a vending machine, the figures jumped to an impressive 200 crabs a day. People noticed they were cheaper than the crabs found at the local food markets, and buying them on their daily commute they also saved precious time.
Depending on size, crabs can be bought for as little as 15 yuan (two dollars). They all seem dead, but their actually just hibernating due to the low temperature in the vending machine.
3Bike Vending Machine
The Bike Dispenser first came out in 2005 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. It's actually a renting machine – users have to return the bike to the nearest dispenser at their destination. The bikes are equipped with RFID tags that allows the company to track the bikes, in case people forget that they left their rented bike at home. We do that sometimes.
4Gold Vending Machine
Feel the need to buy gold but don't want to drive all the way to the bank or to your broker? Just use this handy dandy gold vending machine, from "GOLD To Go". The first one was installed earlier this year at the Emirates Palace Hotel inAbu Dhabi.
The vending machine is an unmanned point of sale. You can purchase gold bars and coins of assured quality, backed by the security of a Swabian Fort Knox and with the ease-of-use of a vending machine. Prices are updated in real-time. The GOLD to go gold vending machine is largely burglar-proof and tamper-resistant. It has an excellent user guidance, which makes it very easy to handle.
5(Medical) 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. "Convenient access, lower prices, safety, anonymity," said inventor and owner Vincent Mehdizadeh, extolling the benefits of the machine.
6Anger Release Vending Machine
‘Passive Aggressive Anger Release Machine' is an interactive sculpture by Yarisal and Kublitz. Experience the most satisfying feeling when a piece of China breaks into million pieces. All you have to do is insert a coin, and a piece of China will Slowly move forwards and fall into the bottom of the machine, breaking, and leaving you happy and relieved of anger.
7Baguette Vending Machine
Few things in France are treated with the reverence and respect of bread in general and the baguette, the long wand of dough made from a recipe defined in French law, in particular. But now one entrepreneurial baker has come up with an idea that sounds as sacrilegious as putting Dom Pérignon in wine boxes: selling baguettes in a vending machine. Jean-Louis Hecht has taken advantage of the August holiday period, when many of France's 33,000 boulangers shut up shop, to install Paris's first 24-hour automated baguette dispenser.
So far Hecht has only installed two machines, one next to his baker's shop in Paris's 19th arrondissement and a second in the north-eastern town of Hombourg-Haut, close to the German border, where he also has a shop. The baguettes are partially cooked before they are put in the machine, then finished off when ordered and delivered crisp and steaming for $1.40 each.
8Wedding Vending Machine
AutoWed is a novelty wedding machine offering a quick hitch, a couple of rings and a personalized certificate for just $1. Audio prompts, specially produced music, a bespoke retro keyboard and VFD display, ring vending and ticket printer all wrapped up in a Cadillac-pink cabinet with shiny aluminum fittings.
9Flat Shoe Vending Machine
A great night out grooving on the dance floor can result in sore soles and a throbbing tumble out the door. Two British companies are capitalizing on clubgoers' end-of-night anguish by installing shoe vending machines full of cheap flats. Each pair is dispensed with a matching bag so women can tote their tortuous footwear home.
10Smart Car Vending Machine
We've seen plenty of interesting vending machines all over Japan, even for outright marketing, though the Smart Vendor in Shibuya Station might just take the creativity award home. Holding a full-size Smart Car, the faux vending machine has two choices (coupe and cabrio), and a convenient slot to insert the amount you need (about $20k). Of course, this is a concept only, but is a nice extension of their already creative vending machine idea that fits right into the Japanese love for instant gratification on-the-go. Besides, could you do this with any other car without it seeming like a big joke?