"The aim is to help reduce hepatitis and HIV infection rates among drug users by providing safe injecting equipment." Photo: proimos
Bling-bling - USA
Get your bling on at this vending machine. Photo: chrisdlugosz
Groceries - Japan
"Yes, it’s a bag of tomatoes in there. It actually looks quite fresh so I suspect they swap these out daily, but there’s something unsettling about buying produce from a machine without being able to touch and feel it first." Photo: adrian8_8
Video Camera - Japan
Grab a video camera while you quench your thirst. Photo: ames sf
Suspicious looking machine with only condoms, Extra Strength Tylenol, and glow sticks...Hmmm. Photo: MattHurst
IKEA Spare Parts - Canada
Now there’s still hope of assembling the other 100+ pieces. Photo: sillygwailo
Eggs - Japan
"Apparently, you can find anything in a vending machine in Japan. I found this small tent with a refrigerated vending machine. Each small compartment contained a bag of eggs, probably 10 or 12." Photo: JoshBerglund19
Fried Chicken - Japan
"It has a built-in microwave that cooks your food for 120 seconds before dispensing it." Photo: kalleboo
Memory Cards - United Kingdom
As long as you remember which type you need. Photo: adactio
Batteries - Japan
"Only nerds think this is cool." Photo: randomidea. [Editor's note] - I’m a bonafide nerd and find this cool.
Airport Security: Self Mailers - United Kingdom
Now you no longer have to part with that $60 bottle of perfume at airport security. Simply mail it back to yourself. Photo: Lars Plougmann
Convenience Store of the Future - Australia
'Ironically, the display reads that the machine is 'Out of Order.' Not very convenient." Photo: pfenwick
In other vending machine news...
The Hudson Hotel in New York has launched a vending machine stocked with “basic essentials” for the luxists amongst us. The machine includes designer jewelry and clothing, 24-carat gold handcuffs, a $8,000 photo shoot with a celebrity photographer, and a $10,000 Ferrari rental. Read more at The Luxist.