One of the greatest inventions is the vending machine (or food dispenser) because it made it more accessible for people to grab a quick bite 24/7.
But do you know that the earliest form of vending machine was invented by Greek engineer, Hero of Alexandria? His machine dispensed holy water when inserted with a coin. Vending machines evolved through time and the first machine was built by the Thomas Adams Gum Company in 1888. The classic gumball machine became an inspiration for other mechanical devices including the slot machine.
Also known as one-arm bandits, slots were originally operated by pulling a lever located on the side of the machine, but now this famous casino game is controlled by buttons. The slot machine also had many transformations especially when its online counterparts invaded the virtual world in the 1980s. In fact, the first video slot made its debut in 1979 according to Slot Machine Basics.
Online slots became the choice of tech-savvy players because they are more accessible and there’s no need to wait for your turn to use the machine. Pocket Fruity’s regular blogger Henry said, “It’s easy to be tempted to go for the big jackpots and payouts but let’s be realistic. In all the time you’ve played slots, where has the majority of your wins come from? If you’re honest with yourself, the majority of your cash has been won on those smaller amounts.” With online slots, most of the games have great payout percentages, thus people resort to playing online because they believe that they have a better chance of winning.
Another winning slot machine invention was launched by Ogilvy Brazil a few months ago to promote Hellmann’s mayonnaise. The Food Slot can dispense about 280 food samples and recipes that use mayonnaise in the ingredients. This machine was placed in different supermarkets and groceries all over Brazil. Customers had fun pulling the lever of the Food Slot and each of them randomly received a food sample and collectible recipe.
This is actually a great idea and it may even soon replace the vending machines, as long as people are willing to take a risk with the kind of food they’ll eat. Are you willing to try the Food Slot?