Vending Machines for Flash cards

by James

Memory Card Vending
Here’s a great idea in this digital age …

On the heals of iPods and other tech being sold via Vending machines, Kingston Technology and My Memory have gotten together and recently unveiled the world’s first vending machine for flash memory products.

In a test market located at London’s Gatwick Airport South Terminal, the memory company is testing whether selling flash cards and USB drives will prove that convenience and technology are natural travel companions.

Digital Photographers and other geek aficionados will now be able to purchase SD cards, CompactFlash cards, USB drives and other products in a flash simply by putting in their credit card and hitting the appropriate number combination. Out comes a bubble pack 4GB SDHC card and you’re off to capture those wonderful vacation memories.

If successful, the Flash Vending Machine concept could certainly be an easy and convenient way to solve a problem if your existing card gets corrupted while you’re on vacation.

8 reviews or comments

EEJ Says: April 11, 2007 at 1:28 pm

When I saw the title of this one, I thought someone was crazy! Of course, I was reading the title as “Flash Cards” and not “Flash Memory Cards”, and thought you were talking about flash cards as a product students use to practice new knowledge. (i.e. multiplication table flash cards, spelling flash cards, etc.)

I guess selling flash memory cards makes more sense, and might even sell.

Al Says: April 11, 2007 at 1:58 pm

I actually think it’s a pretty cool idea. The number of times you see ill planned travellers buying memory cards at over priced duty free airport shops is surprisingly high, and I must admit I’ve done it.

Neagle Says: April 11, 2007 at 2:43 pm

EEJ, don’t feel bad I thought the same thing. It must be a generational gap thing. I like this idea. It reminds me of converted soda vending machines that sold film and camera accessories at tourist sites back in the 1980’s. I am sure there will still be a premium price tag due to the “convenience” aspect of this product. $3 can of soda anyone?

Raluca Says: April 11, 2007 at 2:58 pm

I don’t think will be viable in Europe. In Japan should be OK.

Jan Says: April 12, 2007 at 12:43 am

I think that you will find it is on the “heels” of iPods being sold rather than “heals”!

The fact is vending machines can sell pretty much anything if it is packaged correctly in an appropriate machine. This is an old idea (camera film vending)with a modern twist. Presumably, if successful, they will start to turn up at tourist attractions – perhaps in slightly smaller machines.

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charles lee Says: October 17, 2007 at 4:30 am

Hello,
this is Mr.Charles Lee and i will like to order for some Vending Water Machine.I will like to know the cost of one as well as the form of payment you accept.Do get back to me ASAP.

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