Everything in the world is going 3D-Printed-Candy-Crush-VR-Holographic, so it's great when a little bit of old school springs up now and then.
Take this vending machine that prints out free short stories, for example. It comes from the French publishing company Short Edition, who wanted to find a way to engage with people in a back-to-basics kind of way.
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They built a dispenser that prints out receipt-like slips that contain stories of varying length written by the authors of the Short Edition community. Some stories can be read in one minute, some in three minutes and others in five minutes.
Hey, we don't have all day.
Readers can chose what length by pushing a button on the machine.
Christophe Sibieude, the company's co-founder, said his team came up with the idea while in front of a chocolate candy machine.
"We said to ourselves that we could do the same thing with good quality popular literature to occupy these little unproductive moments."
Eight of the machines have been placed in various public locations - like libraries or city - around Grenoble. True, you have to be in Grenoble.
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But according to Sibieude, people from around the world have been calling up expressing interest. So maybe one day you'd see a vending machine like this the next time you're standing in line at your local post office, airport, subway station.
And the best part is the stories are free.