Insert Coin For Live Crab

Posted by Jocelyn Gan & filed under Food, Technology.

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There are millions of people living in Japan and a majority of the workers put in long hours which result in them having no time to eat. Fast food takes on a whole different meaning in Asia. For Japanese people living in big cities, everyone is always on the go and no one wants to wait in long line-ups for a quick meal.

Needless to say, the vending machine business is booming. It is a cost-efficient and convenient way to buy popular products. There are vending machines for buying soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, coffee, cigarettes, key chains, toys, soups, pasta, instant noodles, eggs and ones for fortune telling. Recently, the invention of the fresh Dole banana vending machines in Japan made headlines. And now, China is entering this unique food market.

A man in Nanjing, China has invented a vending machine that keeps Shanghai Hairy Crabs at an optimum temperature for freshness. Based on the crab size, prices range from $1.50 to $7.50 per crab. What a bargain! This novelty is made more appealing by the guarantee that if a dead crab is found, the customer will get three live crabs for free. The owner of these live crab vending machines is eager to sell his product in Japan but he will have some competition. In Osaka, vending machines sell live lobsters for about $1.26 each.

North America has a long way to go in terms of developing technology that can equal to that of Asia. One can travel to the future by visiting Japan where engineers are already producing life-like robots. Old products are becoming obsolete. RIP Sony Walkman.

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