Innovation
May 15, 2013, Mississauga, ON – Imagine your product displayed in a retail window. Not in a store, but in an automated retail machine. Quattro Clothiers, a high-end menswear shop in the heart of the busiest fashion-shopping district in Toronto, has decided that this is the future. Quattro wanted to expand their reach and increase their exposure.
May 14, 2013, U.S. – Just a decade or so ago, the concept of being able to purchase marijuana out of a vending machine would have been simply unheard of – a pipe-dream for many and a veritable nightmare for others, reports Wealth Daily. | READ MORE
May 2, 2013 – Creator Michael Breault is raising funds on Kickstarter to further develop the Sprizzi Drink Machine, which can dispense homemade soda with little cartridges, similar to the Keurig, reports Mashable.com. | READ MORE
April 24, 2013, London, U.K. – To celebrate the launch of its new mascara, Chanel is launching a vending machine at a London-area Selfridges location, writes the Telegraph. | READ MORE
April 16, 2013, Beijing – A Beijing subway system is beginning to introduce soft drink machines that use ultrasound to transmit information between the user's handset and the vending machine, writes Mobile Payments Today. | READ MORE
April 12, 2013 – Vending machine technology has developed to the point that customers can order a hot meal at the push of a button, so as the Huffington Post writes, there's no telling what the vending machine of the future will look like. Meantime, here's a roundup of 12 of the world's weirdest machines. | READ MORE
April 11, 2013, Japan – A blogger in Japan has taken a photo of the exact same vending machine every day since Aug. 5, 2005, according to Kotaku.com. Each day, the vending machine changes in some way. Can you spot the changes? | READ MORE
April 8, 2013, Ohio – A high school senior has purchased a gumball machine from Craigslist, spruced it up and placed it in a restaurant, saving his earnings in a college fund, writes the Coshocton Tribune. | READ MORE
March 28, 2013 – Toronto's BiblioMat vending machine that dispensed books made headlines internationally recently, but book vending machines have been around for many years. Here's a brief history from the Huffington Post's John Geoghegan. | READ MORE
March 18, 2013 – A video on AdvertisingAge.com shows Coca-Cola vending machines capable of connecting users, bound for not-so-friendly neighbouring countries. | READ MORE
March 15, 2013, California – The first 3D printer installed within a vending machine will roll out on the UC Berkeley campus later this month, giving anyone access to 3D printing technolog, writes DigitalTrends.com. | READ MORE
March 12, 2013 – With Hot Wheels the latest company to create a Twitter-powered vending machine, David Wolinsky at NBC Chicago wonders about the future of social media-powered vending machines. | READ MORE
March 7, 2013, Austin, Texas – Hashtag #BoldStage will power the interactivity on Doritos' concert stage, which is a 62-foot vending machine with a four-story LCD screen that will encourage people to tweet and showcase their photos at the South by Southwest interactive concert, writes Mashable.com. | READ MORE
March 6, 2013 – Instead of paying for a new Hot Wheels toy, how about receiving one for just tweeting about it? TrojanOne has teamed up with Hot Wheels and Chevrolet Canada to develop a Twitter-activated vending machine that does just that, writes PSFK.com. | READ MORE
March 1, 2013, Scotland – Reverse vending machines — which dish out cash when people deposit plastic bottles and aluminium cans — have been installed at Dundee University campus, according to the Courier. | READ MORE

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