The word robot was invented less than a hundred years ago by the Czechs Karel and Josef Czapek. People with the development of technology began to dream about how mechanized beings will help in everyday life, including when shopping. It turns out that the world’s first ATM was created in the first century AD. the great scientist Geron of Alexandria.
Such a device took inside a coin, giving out a portion of water. In our time, the history of vending machines originates from 1888. Then at the train station in New York there were the first cars selling chewing gum. In our country, this event dates back to 1932, when the first Soviet automaton-saturator, selling soda, appeared in Smolny’s dining room in Leningrad.
Ever since we are used to vending machines. These soulless machines sell us drinks, condoms, food. Robots exchange with a person tokens and money, take glass containers and issue orders from online stores.
Today, young people are no longer dreaming of a self-cleaning tablecloth, but of a pocket-ATM. Vending machines even sell drugs in some particularly advanced countries. We will tell below about the most unusual vending machines that offer unique products. The vending machine for the sale of live crabs.
In China, crabs are not such an exotic product as we have. Therefore, the demand, and the consumption of such a product is quite high. But how to sell them, because the dragged out creature quickly dies and disappears? Special vending machines come to the aid, which are installed not so long ago in China. These machines operate at metro stations right away in several large cities. The buyer has the opportunity to get his crabs in a “dormant” state, they are stored at a temperature similar to a domestic refrigerator. And there are live crabs from 1.5 to 7 dollars apiece. Every day such a machine sells up to 200 units of its products. In this case, in the case of the delivery of a dead animal, compensation is envisaged in the form of three living animals.
No less original than China, live in Japan. There they took care of the problems of a passenger who suddenly forgot an umbrella in a subway car or at home. How to hide from the rain and snow? In this situation, a vending machine selling umbrellas will come to the rescue. They say that similar devices have also appeared in the UK, because there rainfall is frequent, and hence the problem of umbrellas is relevant, as nowhere.
Today, technology is marching hand in hand with culture. This is proved by Canada, where an automaton appeared in the central library. He without any presence of an employee of the institution gives out to the visitors books, video films and computer disks ordered by them. And to use such an automated system, you only need to insert a reader’s ticket into its reception area, which now appears as a magnetic card. The apparatus also includes an urn for returning media, which resembles a letter box for parcels.
The automatic device for the sale of porn magazines.
Many people are simply embarrassed to buy porno magazines from people, so automatic devices are very useful. And the Japanese came up with them. Such a vending machine appeared at the railway station Meitetsu-Nagoya, it is used by adults and teenagers who want to get acquainted with alternative literature with frank pictures. But the car in front sells the banal beer “Asahi”.
Chicken eggs are considered to be a rather delicate food product, which you will not trust a person. But it turned out that soulless pieces of iron quite cope with this role. In the countryside of Japan, recently, residents have been able to buy fresh eggs in vending machines. For this, the product is purchased early in the morning from farmers. For the packaging of eggs, the machine requires 200 yen. 2 dollars for 12 eggs – a lot by Russian standards, but for Japan this price is normal.
Car toy toy car.
What should parents do to prevent bored and naughty children from shopping? We must urgently buy them a toy! It can help in this machine, located at one of the metro stations in Milan. He offers to buy not only a variety of typewriters of different colors and brands, but also a Rubik’s cube.
The car selling cars.
In the window of this vending machine stands a fashionable smart car. Probably, the Italians were inspired to sell Japanese cars. But only here in this machine, this car can not be purchased, even as a toy car. The device, however, supplies everyone with information about smart cars, promotional products should help a potential buyer make their choice.
Hamburgers are so popular in Europe that it was decided to make a whole machine for their sale. It is popular with those who prefer to eat on the go. After all, some people do not even have time to go to the cafeteria or cafe. Such people eat their donuts or chips right on the sidewalk. But with the help of this hamburgeromata people can save time by buying food right there. At the same time, different versions of sandwiches are provided, depending on their size and filling.
Apple can sell best. Its products are popular all over the world. Not so long ago at the airport of Atlanta there was also a special vending machine offering the company’s products. It will appeal to those who forgot to bring their own iPod or charge a portable device. Here you can buy iPods “mini” and “shuffle”, as well as batteries and even digital cameras. So “Apple” did everything to ensure that the fan in flight did not remain without the products of the beloved brand.
Machine for selling soccer balls.
The Chelsea Piers sports complex in New York has sheltered fans of a wide variety of sports. There are here also players in traditional football, soccer, which in the country is a little bit the same, but there is. But the emotional game leads to the fact that the balls often fly away. To ensure that the game was not interrupted for a long time, the company “Nike” supplied a unique automatic machine selling soccer balls on the territory of the complex. They are called “Jogas Three” and have a poisonous green color.
Black box with hemp.
While most countries are struggling with marijuana, in America it is gradually legalized. After all, there are a number of people who really need this remedy. One of the first allowed to use marijuana for medicinal purposes California. The doctor issues a special card to his patients, which gives the opportunity to personally purchase legally drugs in special pharmacies. And if there is a queue, or the institution is closed for the night, then in Los Angeles there is an apparatus designed to solve this problem. An official user of marijuana can buy it from a black machine. Identification of the same patient occurs with the help of his fingerprint. In total, three such automatic machines are installed in the city, but they work round the clock.
Unlike the joking device that sells sports cars, this sales car is serious. She releases bicycles for hire, and instead of handing over she gives out a candy or a chocolate bar. In the world there are already several dozens of such unique machines. They were established in 2007 in the park areas of the most cultured countries. Bicycles, rented through a special rather big hole, have an RFID chip. Therefore, they are well protected from theft. On the vehicle, you can ride to the next machine, where the bike surrenders back.
Even in Taiwan, a pink machine can attract the attention of a woman. This street car also performs an important function – it puts pictures on women’s marigolds. You just need to select a pattern in the menu on the screen of the machine, insert your finger into the special hole and wait.In just a dollar, the machine will do the work of a manicurist. Let and not so professionally, but faster and cheaper. In Taiwan residents, this service has found its admirers.