Sanden: Hand-Cranked Vending Machine

When the electricity goes out, the last thing you want to be is thirsty.

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When the power is out, the first thing on your mind should be safety. But if you're too cool to care about things like that and instead just want a nice can of Diet Dr. Pepper, Sanden's got your back. The Japanese vending machine company has created a hand cranked dispenser that needs 70 turns by hand to dispense the product.

In all seriousness, the idea was born after the Japanese tsunami and earthquake, which left vending machines (a way of life in Japan) rendered useless for people looking for food or drink. It's a brilliant solution in a country that has 5.5 million vending machines, according to Japan Trends.

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Mar 14, 2012
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