Project 1 Part 2: 50 Ways to Improve a Vending Machine

Sorry for the exceptionally long delay in my project updates: to tell the truth I’ve been wrestling with a way to present the 50 ideas my partner and I sketched up without spamming the whole page with 100 little squares, and Flash kept freezing on me when I attempted to load and use the pictures. Thankfully I managed to forcefeed all the sketches into Flash in the end:

50 Possible Ways to Improve a Vending Machine:

I’ve tried to embed the Flash file into the post, but apparently WordPress doesn’t allow Flash to be embedded for security reasons. The image resolution in the Flash isn’t particularly clear, so it’s hard to read the text: I plan on replacing the scanned sketches with digital copies and typing up the descriptions, so that they’re easier to read later. For now I’ll provide a list of the 50 ideas:

  1. Light-up Bottom Dispenser
  2. Omni-Directional Bill Scanning
  3. Machine says “Thank You for your purchase!”
  4. Credit/ Debit Card Reader
  5. Hand Sanitizer
  6. Easy-to-Replace Parts
  7. Cellphone Pay
  8. Braille on the Buttons
  9. Advertised Charity Donations
  10. Wireless Transmitter
  11. Bottom-Heavy (for safety reasons)
  12. Cartridges for Loading
  13. If VM is Outside, a Fan & Shade
  14. Transportable (+mobility)
  15. Rounded Corners (Child Safety)
  16. a “Game”
  17. Machine-About-to-Tip Alert
  18. Drink Popularity Tally
  19. Status Bar
  20. “Jackpot” for every nth user
  21. Video Advertising (requires Screen)
  22. Jam/ Out-of-Order Notification
  23. BuzzCard Scanner
  24. Drink Information (Nutrition Facts)
  25. Hands you the Drink
  26. Shelf next to Machine
  27. Easy-Unlock on Back
  28. Accept Larger Bills
  29. Frequent User Point System
  30. Airlock Selection
  31. Drink/ Snack Combo
  32. Facebook Connection
  33. Weight Sensor (Be sure drink has vended)
  34. Push Button
  35. Wheelchair Accessible
  36. Drink Suggestions
  37. Coin Basket
  38. Audio Cues
  39. Four-person Hub
  40. Variety
  41. Multi-Ordering
  42. Pre-Order
  43. Touch Menu
  44. Visibility
  45. Consistency in Audio Cues
  46. Swiveling Vending Machine
  47. Chosen Drink is LIT
  48. Bill Crisper
  49. Self-Fixes Jams
  50. Pay Before OR After

About foldingwishes

I am a 3rd year CM major interested in animation and narratology. I believe that design is important and highly applicable to all fields and that good design creates enjoyable experiences. My favorite shows are Samurai Jack, My Life as a Teenage Robot and Avatar the Last Airbender and my favorite movies are Le Grande Chef, Ratatouille and the Great Mouse Detective.
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