In Los Angeles, the first ever burrito vending machine was installed in a local convenience store on Santa Monica Blvd. The company, unsurprisingly called Burritobox,offers five different 100% natural burrito types, including flavors like chorizo sausage, egg, and cheese, and free-range chicken, bean, and cheese. You can add condiments like guacamole, sour cream, and Tabasco sauce for an additional price, but the burrito by itself costs just $3. After you use the touch-screen interface and pay for your food, a nice music video plays while your snack heats up.
Vending machines: they’re life savers to anyone that doesn’t have the time to wait in line for a meal between classes and 15 minute breaks at work. Sure, there’s not a lot inside that’s nutritionally sound unless gummy candies with vitamin C count, but help us survive a few more hours. They’re simple machines, not exactly built to churn out a nice meal. That, however, might be changing. Meet Let’s Pizza, the vending machine that makes and dispenses freshly made pizza.
In Singapore this week, hugging a Coca-Cola vending machine will get you a free soda. No, it’s not a sudden outreach from the robots we’ve created. It’s part of a campaign started by Coca-Cola called, appropriately, the ‘Open Happiness’ campaign. It’s not the weirdest campaign Coca-Cola’s taken on and it certainly doesn’t trump Pepsi’s social networking vending machines. Still, it’s raising eyebrows and bringing a little joy all over Singapore.