Vending machines will sell you just about anything these days, including digital cameras and handheld gaming systems. But what if you don't want to spend any money? Wouldn't it be cool if we could just trade some of our old stuff with a vending machine? The Swap-O-Matic lets us do just that!
Created by Brooklyn designer Lina Fenequito, the Swap-O-Matic uses a credits system to let us trade secondhand items with other people who have made deposits in the one-off vending machine. Everyone starts with 3 free credits and can earn one more for each item they donate to the machine. In order to receive something you must spend one credit or swap a personal item with an item already in the machine.
Obviously, something like this could be abused by anyone who doesn't want to play fair, but the machine does require users to submit their email address as a safeguard against evil-doers. On top of that, the Swap-O-Matic is more about delivering a message than anything else.
"Initially, the Swap-O-Matic is intended to inspire all of us to rethink our consumption habits, and consider more sustainable methods such as trading and reusing goods," Fenequito told Gizmag. "On a much larger scale, the ultimate goal is for the Swap-O-Matic to inspire a movement, affecting change for large numbers of people and communities."
For the time being there is only one Swap-O-Matic and its been stationed around various areas of New York City. However, Lina does plan on creating more of the machines and hopes to see them deployed around the US and possibly the world. You can learn more about the unique vending machine at Swap-O-Matic.com