The last i checked, some company had built a vending machine that would issue smartphone accessories. But this one, takes the cake.
A vending machine installed in Drexel University, Philadelphia actually dispenses Apple Macbooks to students for free! Of course this doesn’t mean students get to take them home, they are on rent basis but can you imagine how handy this is going to be for students whose laptop runs out of battery mid-study or assignment and they don’t have a charger handy, or if they need a computer but forgot to bring one that day. There is also the safety angle which allows students to use computers in the library late at night and who don’t want to bring their own for fear of getting robbed.
This awesome vending machine was installed last December and at the moment dispenses only 12 15-inch MacBooks.
As mentioned earlier, the renting of these laptops are free and students can borrow them for up to five hours at a time, after which students will be charged a late fee.
The service began when a student Omer Hashmi, a representative from the Undergraduate Student Government Association, requested the Dean of Drexel University Libraries Dr. Danuta A. Nitecki “if the Libraries would be able to provide laptop access late at night after staffed services close. Hashmi explained that he was hesitant to carry his personal laptop to and from campus from his off-campus residence because it was both burdensome and posed a security risk.”
To rent one of these laptops, students will need to go to the machine, sign in with their student card and they’re good to go. In between borrowings, the vending machine will actually charge the laptops for the next use and at the same time completely wipe the hard drive to prevent it from being cluttered with random files from students.
At the moment this vending machine is a trial and depending on how well-received it is, and how well the University’s finances are, additional vending machines could be installed around the campus.
To read the full PR go here