Aside from tentacles, tiny cute things, and being weird all the time, Japan is also really into vending machines. So much so, in fact, that Japanese company Sanden is producing a hand-cranked vending machine that will work in case of some sort of emergency power failure. Seems silly at first, but if designed to provide free drinks in case of some sort of emergency, the machine could actually be a useful tool to help combat the effects of a disaster.
The machine is powered by a crank, which takes 70 revolutions until it powers up, and can then dispense around 6 to 7 items until that poor 8th person will have to crank it up again.
Though kind of silly at first, a machine that provides sustenance without requiring power could be a huge boon to emergency relief — it just wouldn’t help if victims had to supply it with money.
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