Who needs restaurants or heck, even cooking utensils with inventions like this? A company called EatWave Vending has created a vending machine that actually microwaves your selection for you.
Let's forget for a moment that relying on a vending machine for hot meals is kind of sad, and think about the positives. In a release, EatWave Vending CEO Andrew Preston lays them out:
"EatWave allows vending operators and locations to conserve space and energy by replacing multiple vending machines with our single hot and cold design. ... EatWave is perfect for office break-rooms, hotels, schools, airports and other locations wanting to offer a complete meal for people on the go looking to grab a quick bite."
In addition to zapping offerings like burritos or sandwiches in a minute or less, the fully-automated machine is refrigerated and can serve up cold food and drinks. It's also capable of doling out the regular vending machine snack fare, meaning it can "serve a complete meal ALL from the same machine."
Its patent is still pending, but Gizmodo writes that the machine could cost up to $12,000 when it hits the market.
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