The push-back against rampant consumer culture has some new, mechanical muscle: the Swap-O-Matic vending machine, which distributes recycled goods among its users free of cost.
Designed by Lina Fenequito -- a Parsons School of Design graduate -- and detailed over at FastCompany, the machine operates using items donated by some users and then snapped up by others.
Donors' accounts are given "credits" every time they add to the machine’s inventory; they can then "spend" the credits on others’ castoffs.
The technology is part of an ongoing boom in unconventional vending machines that sell more than snacks and sodas. In the last few months, machines that can bake a pizza in 90 seconds and dispense fresh meat have debuted in the U.S.