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Pot brownie, anyone? First marijuana vending machine shown in Colorado

Attempting to provide an easier way for Colorado residents to purchase marijuana-laced edibles, a company called American Green has developed a vending machine that verifies identity through biometrics.

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Vending machine violation: Man uses forklift to dislodge Twix from machine, loses job

Now and again, stuff gets stuck in vending machines. You might give it a shake or a shove to try to dislodge it, though you probably wouldn't use a forklift to drop the machine from a couple of feet in the air like a guy from Iowa is alleged to have done.

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Amazon vending machine turns up at Vegas airport to catch returning CES folk

Amazon showed up at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week. Sort of. The e-commerce giant installed a vending machine at the city's main airport, presumably hoping to tempt a few tech folk into buying a Kindle on their way home from the event.

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Subway ticket machine in Moscow dispenses free rides if you do 30 squats

The Moscow subway has unveiled a special machine offering free rides for squats. The novel idea is part of a campaign run by Russia’s Olympic Committee to promote next year's Winter Games in Sochi and to encourage people to get fit.

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Oh snap, Diet Coke’s newest vending machine became anorexic

It's space efficiency meets quirky product marketing in Diet Coke's Slender Vender vending machine, which measures approximately one foot thick and can fit in the most surprising of places.

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New Orleans becomes the first city to offer cabs with built-in vending machines

New York City may have wanted to modernize its famous yellow cabs, but it's New Orleans that beat it to the punch. The southern city is now offering cabs with built-in vending machines for passengers' soda fix.

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Dreambox is a vending machine with a built-in 3D printer

Only limited by the imagination of the user, the Dreambox vending machine allows anyone to upload and create a 3D model without having to spend thousands of dollars on a 3D printer.

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Caviar-dispensing vending machines roll out in L.A. malls

For the crowd that simply can't get enough of fish eggs, this vending machine supplies all the caviar that you can afford.

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Awkward: Minnesota bar offers pregnancy test vending machine

As part of a "Think Before You Drink" initiative for a Minnesota nonprofit, a bar has outfitted a pregnancy test dispenser to help women check if it's appropriate for them to be drinking.

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Spudtastic! 7-Eleven vending machine dispenses mashed potato and gravy

A vending machine that dispenses mashed potato? Really? Yes, it's true. Food company Maggi makes it, and it could soon be coming to a 7-Eleven store near you.

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Twitter-activated vending machine offers iced tea for tweets

Perhaps the first of many machines and devices that will be activated by a single tweet, a South African company has created a machine that trades delicious drinks for promotion on Twitter.

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Pizza from a vending machine? Let’s Pizza to debut in the US this year

A vending machine whose maker claims is the only one in the world capable of producing "healthy and genuine pizzas using entirely fresh ingredients” is about to debut in the US. Sounds like a tasty prospect, no?

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Rugbeer: The vending machine you have to tackle to get your beer

A beer company in Argentina has produced a vending machine for drinkers that needs to be 'tackled' before it’ll dispense a drink. The machine, called Rugbeer, is being used in a marketing campaign aimed at beer-loving rugby fans in the north of the country…

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With Autospense, getting high off medical marijuana is just a vending machine away

Medical marijuana has never been more accessible to patients who need it now that they can retrieve their doses from a vending machine.

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What if the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ also had a vending machine?

A winner of the New York City Next Idea award, two graduate students have designed an in-car vending machine that would provide taxi passengers access to snacks, drinks, or medication on the go.

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