There’s been so many cool vending machines in the press lately that before I can do a post about one, something else comes out that’s just as good.

Here’s a list of my favourites.

Vending machine with facial recognition

Sensors allow this Japanese vending machine to “determine the characteristics of an approaching customer”, this allows it to make drink recommednations based on the customers gender!

It also makes drink suggestions based on time and weather. Oh and it has a 47-inch touchscreen.

You can pay for drinks using your mobile phone too. Apparently this badboy gets three times more sales than other vending machines, people even form queues to have a go.

Love the UI too.

[Via Adverlab]

Coca-Cola eco-friendly vending machines

Due to hit Japan this year, these vending machines have solar panels which make them cheaper to run, these savings will apparently be passed onto consumers and help bring down the cost of the sugery goodness it dispenses.

[Via Greenpacks]

Live crab vending machine

No fancy tech in this one, just live crabs. If your crab turns out to be dead then the machine owner will sort you out three free live crabs to say sorry. Nom nom nom.

[Via Boing Boing]

Vending machine puts films onto usb

Nice alternative to Bit Torrent.

[Via Trend Hunter]

Smile-activated ice cream machine

Grumpy? Well then no ice-cream for you, but crack a smile and this Unilever vending machine will whip you up some of the good stuff.

It uses facial recognition to measure what’s your face is doing and if you pass the ‘smile-o-meter’ a picture is taken of you and uploaded onto Facebook as you walk off with your smile-funded ice cream.

[Via PSFK]

Lettuce vending machine

This vending machine produces 20,000 heads of lettuce per year by using fluorescent lights instead of sunlight.

[Via TreeHugger]

If you’re not a fan of greens then may I suggest the…

Meat vending machine

Beatiful. Simply beautiful.

[Via Geekologie]

Wine vending machine with breathalyser

All you have to do is swipe your driver’s license and blow to get your wine.

[Via The Daily Mail]

24hr Milk vending machine

Well we’ve had everything else so why not?

[Via PSFK]