▋Forgot your swim trunks, but aching to take a dip in the pool? Standard Hotels has partnered with Quiksilver to cobrand men’s and women’s swimsuits, which will be sold in poolside vending machines at the company’s hotels.
▋If you think the idea of selling gold coins and bars out of vending machines is pointless then how about a automat that dispenses diamond bracelets? In 2011, to celebrate Fashion Week in New York, USA, Hudson Hotel had installed a large vending machine in its lobby that dispensed fashion ‘necessities’ apropos to the occasion. The luxury items that were housed in the automat included items from upcoming and promising designers from the US. The luxury fashion items included a diamond and wood strand bracelet from Ruby Kobo, a python clutch from SANG A, hand-made 7-fold wool ties from Public School, and a rabbit fur jacket from Jolibe.
New York Fashion Week, held in February and September of each year, is a semi-annual series of events (generally lasting 7–9 days) when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press and the general public. It is one of four major fashion weeks in the world, collectively known as the “Big 4”, along with those in Paris, London and Milan
It has consisted of numerous branded events, such as Olympus Fashion Week New York, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York and MADE Fashion Week, and many independent fashion productions around town
Admission to shows at New York Fashion Week is typically in the form of accreditation, with specific events by invitation only.
▋In a bid to boost vegetable cultivation on residential premises and terrace of buildings, a Seed Vending Machine was installed in India.
The automated machine will facilitate the aspirants get quality seed packets of vegetable and flowering plants by paying Rs.10 per packet after selecting the seed code.
It hopes to encourage more people to go in for vegetable cultivation in their houses and on terraces to meet their daily requirements.
▋To avoid wastage, some public rest rooms will charge you.
▋Vending Machine selling the most popular board games. Great for promotion in popular and busy location.
Games don’t need to be overtly academic to be educational, however. Just by virtue of playing them, board games can teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others. Board games can foster the ability to focus, and lengthen your child’s attention span by encouraging the completion of an exciting, enjoyable game. Even simple board games like Chutes and Ladders offer meta-messages and life skills: Your luck can change in an instant — for the better or for the worse. The message inherent in board games is: Never give up. Just when you feel despondent, you might hit the jackpot and ascend up high, if you stay in the game for just a few more moves.
Board games have distinct boundaries. Living in a complex society, children need clear limits to feel safe. By circumscribing the playing field — much as tennis courts and football fields will do later — board games can help your child weave her wild and erratic side into a more organized, mature, and socially acceptable personality. After all, staying within the boundaries (not intruding on others’ space, for example) is crucial to leading a successful social and academic life.
A Word About Winning
Children take game playing seriously, so it’s important that we help guide them through the contest. When a playing piece falls to a lower level, our kids really feel sad; when it rises up high, they are remarkably proud and happy, even if we adults know that it happened only by chance. Therefore, you need to help balance your child’s pleasure in playing the game with his very limited ability to manage frustration and deal with the idea of losing.
Choosing the Right Game at Every Age
While in the long run we need to teach values, ethics, academic skills, and the importance of playing by the rules, in the early years the primary goals are helping your child become more self-confident and ambitious and to enjoy playing with others. If you’re playing with more than one child, divide the family into teams, giving each player a job he can do well: A younger child may be responsible for rolling the dice (which he considers important, since that is where the luck comes from), and an older child the job of sorting the Monopoly money.
Top 20 Most Popular Board Games
- The game of life
- Chutes and Ladders
- Axis & Allies
- Trivial Pursuit
- Connect 4
▋A newspaper vending machine or newspaper rack is a vending machine designed to distribute newspapers. Newspaper vending machines are used worldwide,especially in Germany and they are often one of the main distribution methods for newspaper publishers.
The coin operated newspaper vending machine was invented in 1947 by inventor George Thiemeyer Hemmeter. Hemmeter’s company, the Serven Vendor Company, was based in Berkeley, California, and had been making rural mail tubes and honor racks. The new invention could be adjusted to accept coins of different denominations (depending on the cost of the paper sold). The newspaper rack was able to be used with one hand, and took around 30 seconds to dispense a paper. Two models, one with a capacity for 1250 pages of newsprint, the other 2500 pages, were brought into production initially. By 1987, over one million machines had been distributed.
In the United States, publishers have said that the distribution of newspapers by means of street racks is “an essential method of conveying information to the public” and that regulations regarding their placement are an infringement of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
In 1983, the city of Lakewood, Ohio adopted an ordinance that gave the mayor of the city complete control of where newspaper racks could be placed, and which newspapers could be placed in them. On June 17, 1988, this ordinance was overturned by the United States Supreme Court in a 4-3 ruling, citing that the ordinance could potentially be used to penalize newspapers that criticize the local government.
The newspaper vending machines began to lose popularity as many newspapers switched to online distribution, and as newspaper prices rose; as most vending machines are completely mechanical with no moving parts, few of them have paper currency validators which need some kind of electrical power to work, requiring multiple quarters or dollar coins to be inserted. This is especially true for Sunday newspapers (for example, the Sunday New York Times costing $6 nationally and requiring 24 quarters in a vending machine), which see machines go unfilled by some papers due to the bulk of those editions reducing the amount of copies that can possibly be sold. By 2009, various artists and inventors had begun working on re-purposing the boxes.
Newspaper vending machines have been criticized for occasionally failing to distribute a newspaper after it has been paid for. The newspaper vending machines has also been criticized due to an issue in the design, making it possible for money or newspapers to be stolen from the machine.
▋Name cards and business cards are widely used in Japan, especially when you meet new people and would love to keep in touch with them in the future. The Japanese are very polite and properly observe a business card etiquette. Since business cards are this important to Japanese businessmen and even students, vending machine for it also started popping up. They are, however, still quite rare in Japan.
These vending machine are not only fast, but gives you the opportunity to own your unique business card if you do not have the skill to produce your own. A typical vending machine prints 30 pieces for 1,000 Yen.
▋In Macau, there are a few prepaid mobile/telephone sim card vending machine when you exit out of the Macau Ferry Terminal
In Hong Kong, you can buy SIM cards in Tsim Sha Tsui subway station on the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) in Hong Kong. It’s selling SIM cards for mobile phones, both the GSM and the CMDA variety (for those visiting China and wishing to have CDMA). Cards cost, mostly HK$100, which is about US$13.
Almost all Hong Kong phones are sold ‘unlocked’ meaning you can switch SIM cards at will.
▋Apart from Japan, there is a similar system set up in France. Two hundred Perspex-fronted, coin-operated compartments are crammed with organic fresh fruit, vegetables, and eggs sourced from the Île-de-France area, no more than 50 kilometres outside of the city.
Producers take up to 50 percent of the proceeds, a far higher cut than what offered by many supermarkets and one made possible thanks to self-service system and minimal staff expenses.
“The big distributors have killed small producers in France in the last ten years,” explains Julian, who began Au Bout Du Champ with friend Joseph. “Supermarkets like Monoprix demand cheap prices for food but the fruit and vegetables are not fresh and are imported from places like South America—they’re terrible and it’s not logical. Every weekend, I go to my parent’s house for a traditional Sunday lunch and we always buy well-priced, freshly picked produce from the farmer who has a stall close to the road. In the city there is nowhere to buy such food.”
“My mum told me it was a bad idea because when she buys vegetables, she likes to speak with the seller. She also likes to touch the tomatoes to feel if they are ready to eat,” says Julien. “I understand but imagine 100 people touching your tomatoes before you buy them—it’s not hygienic.”
“After a month or so we noticed that because there was no specific relationship between us—the seller—and the buyer, a bond was born between the consumers,” he adds. “The people entering the shop speak with one another about cooking, how the system works, and sometimes team up and divide the contents of each locker depending on what they want. It’s like a community.”
Julien and Joseph’s automats are supplied by not just one, but four producers. The seasonal fruit and veg is sent to the shops every day, equating to about 25 to 20 percent of each farmer’s overall production. Information displayed near each automat explains the farmers’ stories and the philosophy of supporting local businesses. Thanks to the self-service operation, the shops stay open seven days a week—a rarity in Paris.
“It’s also about education and showing people how good food is grown, where it comes from, and the value of supporting local economies.”