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Vending Machine

Supplying VHS members with everything they need, close at hand.

Status Operational as of Nov 20, 2013
Training No
Usage Restrictions Everyone
Owner Marginally Clever (aka Dan Royer)
Loan Status Actively maintained by owner
Arrival Date June 2013
Location Workshop
Champion See Compendium of Champions


TODO: Add model number, parts information, wiring schematic, IP/web address, pay-by-phone information.


Don't tip the vending machine, it weighs 300kg. Each year vending machines topple over and crush about 10-13 people.


  • accepts bills $2, $5, $10, $20, $50
  • accepts coins $0.05, $0.10, $0.25, $1.00, $2.00


Internally the components of modern vending machines use the MDB/ICP protocol. Several hackspaces have piggy-backed on this protocol to offer vend-by-RFID. Our goal is to offer vend-by-phone via Raspberry Pi-run website and Paypal.

Wikipedia link to MDB protocol

NAMA link to MDB specification



Press the letter for your selection to see the price of the item. Insert change and press the same letter+number code to purchase your selection. If something is out of stock, please notify the owner. Email is on the top of the machine.


As of Jan 31st, 2014

# 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
A Blue EL Wire $25 Red EL Wire $25 Ramen $2
B Pink EL Wire $25 Green EL Wire $25 TV B Gone Kit v1.2 $15 Orange EL Wire $25
C AAA Batteries x2 $2 AA Batteries x2 $2 A→micro B USB $8 Reese $1.25
D Continuous Servo $6 Blueberry Fig Bar $1.25 Coffee Crisp $1.25 Oh Henry $1.25 Raspberry Fig Bar $1.25 Fig Bar $1.25
E Arduino Uno $30 VHS LED Kit $4 VHS LED Kit $4 9V Battery \w Connector Sesame Snaps $1 Blueberry Yogurt Grec Bar $1.25 Granola Bar Chocolate Chip $1.25 Greek Yogurt Granola Bar $1.25
F Raspberry Pi B \w 8GB SDCard $50 Kit-Kat $1.50 Ginger Ale $1.50 Coca-Cola $1.50

* Inventory prices and availability subject to change without notice

Maintenance Log

Note Date Who
Wiki entry created Nov 20, 2013 Thomas L.
Added owner, tutorial, safety. Nov 21, 2013 Dan R.
Added inventory & coin notes Jan 31, 2014 Thomas L.
Upgraded vending machine Apr 14, 2014 Dan R.
retirement/vending_machine.txt · Last modified: 2019/04/06 23:51 by 00739

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