In Winnipeg, Canada a vending machine with a novel twist is building excitement around the grand opening of the first Ikea store there.
A touchscreen display mounted to the machine, prompts each patron to use an Allen key — provided by an onsite Ikea representative — to turn a bolt on the machine. The action triggers the vender to randomly dispense free confectionery or an Ikea gift card.
The Ikea machine will move to different locations around the city, leading up to the Swedish furniture giant’s grand opening in Winnipeg on November 28th.
The vender was developed by Innovative Vending Solutions, whose specialty is customising vending machines for use in novel promotional applications. A tweet-activated machine is among its many recent innovations.