Soft drinks, electronics, nutrient-free snacks — you can get all of those from a vending machine. But what type of vending machine is sorely needed but doesn’t yet exist? Share your automated retail fantasies with us!
Ask yourself, what goods do you need everyday but is not readily accessible? Start from the morning you woke up, you’ll commute whether it’s by a car or bus, then you’ll perhaps buy coffee or breakfast on the way get to the office and work until lunch. On the way home, you’ll drop your laundry, buy some urgent groceries you forgot to buy at the weekend. The schedule seems busy, right? You barely have enough time for yourselves, not to mention endless distraction by your newest gadget.
But in reality we do have plenty of time daily, while waiting! We wait for the bus to arrive, we wait in the bus, we wait to pay for the groceries, we wait while waiting our food, we wait in line at starbucks. We wait everywhere while we are doing our main task everyday. If you are like most people I know, you’ll pick up your phone while waiting, and start opening mails, facebook, twitter, instagram, and endelss app available. Not because you have someone or something waiting for you to respond, but often because you are bored and don’t know what to do!
So I’m proposing a new idea, what about reading books? Did I hear you say it was boring? If it is, then you could stop reading this. But if you do like the idea of reading books in your waiting time, imagine how many knowledge, wisdom, not to mention lifehacks and personality improvement you’ll learn in your waiting time! As a medical student, i commute 30 minutes in the morning to university, 1.5 hours back to home at evening, and within the class, I usually got around 2 hours free time waiting for the teacher. That means I have about 4 hours, usually more, time waiting. And guess what did i do?
Yes, I read a lot, and I’m thankful that due to those books I learned and improved myself, my financial condition, build my self esteem, not to mention starting a blog. In 2013 I had read over 130 books, and since january this year I read over 80 books. Most of them are categorized as “self help” and some stock investment books. So if you like the idea, why not start to read in your waiting time?
To answer the prompt, I’ll love to see a machine to order book we want and get it delivered the next day in the same machine, that way we don’t have to go to bookstore and buying books would be much easier. I know there’s e-book now, but some people I know still prefer having the book in their hands. The machine could be placed at gas station, coffee shop, or even at the parking basement!