Hey guys. I was going to make a vending machine with 4 servo motors which would use a RFID card as money like debit cards. I have made a sketch but, since i am really new to robotics it can have tons of problems and i don't have any idea about the code either. So, i thought maybe you guys could help me. And i have to say this project is really important for me and i have to make this thing. Your kind response and help is really appreciated Tnx

Topic by The robotics fan 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Vending machine

I am looking for someone who wants to do a mini vending machine project.

Topic by Simon-does 3 months ago  |  last reply 3 months ago

Vending Machine Bank

I recently got a Vending Bank that you put money in and press a button (1-6) and get candy. The candy dispenses from the holder (small holder mabye 1 inch wide 2inch tall) and it drops down to a slot in the bottom. None of it is motorized in anyway. You can put pennies, nickles, dimes, quaters, and dollar bills in via a slot that you put the bill in and a dial that you spin until the money goes inside the bank. I want to know if any of you can figure out a way to modify it to where you cant get candy until you put at least 25 cents in there because currently you dont have to put money in to get candy. If you need pictures i will gladly supply them upon request. Any help will help! Thanks!

Topic by !KnexMaster! 7 years ago

Weirdest vending machine change

I got the most unusual change from a vending machine at school today. A Susan B. Anthony dollar, a James Madison dollar(I didnt know about those before), a Sacajawea dollar, and some unimpressive quarters.

Topic by The Ideanator 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How to Make a Milk and Tea Vending Machine?

I am thinking of building a DIY tea vending machine. On a one Press the machine should dispense a hot milk tea

Question by ArvindhS3 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

How I can constuct a vending machine by using mechanical power supply?

How the mechanical power can be produced for the power supply for a vending machine?

Question by Pranav 39 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

does anyone know how a bill validator(aka the thing that takes your dollar in a vending machine) work? Answered

I've been wanting to make a vending machine, and i have built a quarter mechanism , yet i want to have a mechnasim to take dollar bills. the easiest way to do this is to take a existing bill validator  and hook it up to a micro controller. yet to do this i need to know how it works. is the the system self contained (if i plugged it in to a power source would it work) or would i have to hook it up to a main controll system.

Question by mrbones121 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How to build vending machine?

Question by lulzpriee 10 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Seed Bomb Vending Machine

Seed bombs are little balls of clay, compost, and seeds that you can toss into a vacant lot to try and get some new plants to grow. It's a guerrilla gardening technique and you can see how to make one here. If you just want to pick one up and live in San Francisco you can now buy them from a vending machine. These were designed by Common Studio from LA and repurpose old gumball machines with the benefits going to Project H Design. First Seedbomb Vending Machine Lands in San Francisco!

Topic by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

solar vending machines kits

Has any one tried to mod old vending machines. To run on solar & battery?

Topic by morepowerr 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Vending Machine Pizza WTF?

Food culture is on the skids with this latest assault on your stomach. Buying one of these is basically saying that your body is not a temple but a broken down playground and that you hope that with a little bit more grease you can oil up the swingset for a couple more rides. And if you feel a little sluggish afterwards, there's that handy bit of Red Bull right next to it. Linkvia bbgadgets

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

How would i make a can dispenser?

I just bought a stock pile of pepsi cans, 330 ml.  And i'm bored of them just lying on the floor, and also need something to do.... I have masses of lego, and have seen many working, vending machines that dispense cans. Such as;  I would like to make something very similar to that, And really want to know how to make a simple pepsi can dispenser. Any help appreciated, (:

Question by Squiggmont 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Crows Use Vending Machines

Check out this guy who's training crows to use vending machines. Crows are smart, and very good at cause and effect. They're already known for dropping nuts at intersections so cars will do the hard work of cracking them open; it's a small step from this to world domination. There's a rather wobbly video of the crows going nuts for his machine while the seagulls waddle about ignoring it.Via Mark's liveblogging of TED talks on BoingBoing.

Topic by canida 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How to interface a (snack/drink) vending machine interface to a PC?

Hello experts and entrhusiasts, I don't know much about the currently used food/drink vending machines (Bianchi, SAECO, etc). My question is the following: -is it possible to interface/intercommunicate them with a PC ? -what sort of connection do they have (RS232, CANbus,...) ? -do they use a special language/operating system for managing the vending stuff  ? - are there available schematics, hardware/software descriptions about these machines ? What I want to do is to query them about of the actual state of products(number of selled/not selled) thank you your kindness katus

Question by katus 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

how can i program un coin acceptor c520 for a vending machine GO 127?

Question by cocodrilo 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

How to make a Pencil/ Pen vending machine.

I have been wanting to make one for years but don't have the skills to do this. Maybe if someone made one and posted instructions I could follow. They could make a lot of money at schools/libraries.

Topic by AlfredoSG 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

do we have a coin slot that can accept many denominations?

We need to have a coin slot that can accept many denominations and what programmable pic is used in vending or mame machines?

Question by viennie 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Interfacing Arduino and vending machine coin mechanism?

Just wondering if anyone's ever done it or could point in the right direction. I've done a fair bit of searching but haven't found quite what I'm looking for, or at least at the level I can understand yet. Thank you!

Question by guerrillafutures 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

How do you make a vending machine control board?

I am working on making a vending machine, and I wanted to make a control board for it also. I will need a circuit that when a light activated resistor senses that a laser beam is broken by a coin falling past it, it will press multiple buttons on a calculator. (for example, if the laser beam sensing when a quarter falls is broken, it will need to press +.25=) I will also need a circuit that subtracts the amount of money a certain object costs when the button for that item is pressed. It will need to not let you press a button and display something like "you did not insert enough money" if the calculator does not have enough money added on to it. I was hoping to not need to use any ICs for it, but if I have to that is fine. I would not pay any more than I would need to buy a controller that would work for it like a raspberry pi, and if you have any suggestions for a controller or how to program it, tell me those too. Thanks!

Question by Gadgets_and_Gear 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Candy Vending machine, how to limit the amount of servos needed?

I'm making some plans for a vending machine that is to be used for dispensing candy in my home.I went for the spiral method (please tell me if there's a better method). I got all the plans laid out and i got most of it working already. The problem is: I want to limit the number of servos this project is using. Servos are expensive and they take precious pins on the arduino i'm using for the project. The question is: I have 9 spirals for candy and i would need 9 servos to turn them and release candy (nom nom). Is there some ingenious way to limit the amount of servos and still be able to rotate all the spirals independently? This is basically what i'm making, just smaller :) I edited it to include a little flash file i made of a rail system using 2 servos and an aktuator.

Question by Eirinn 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Coca-Cola Bots! Attack!!!

The Coke (aCola) Bots Attack!!Just spotted, a Coke vending machine robot walking around outside of Shibuya Station in Tokyo. Coca-Cola has oversized robot vending machines lumbering around Tokyo pinching the heads of people who prefer a different brand.These robots have been made to the likeness of the 11inch tall desktop toys which feauture the regular as well as the black Coke Zero available in Japan. The toys feature bendy arms and have a little coin slot for saving up your yen and buying more coke.The Images pretty much speak for themselves.

Topic by Keith-Kid 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Happy newyears

What did you do on new years eve / the AM's of new years day... I ran around the suburbs with my friends and my ipod+speakers, When it got too cold we would hang in train stations where we ate off vending machines, one of the vending machines was very very very evil, because they arranged it so infront of all the swedish fish there was a thing of potato chips, and infront of all the starburst was a rollo! We listened to lots of good music and watched the sunrise while trying to ice skate in a empty parking lot....Im posting this video because i played this song on loop forever while running up and down traintracks. Oh and what did you do on new years?

Topic by astrozombies138 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

How To make an magnetic Ink Scanner? Answered

I'll be wanting to make this for my vending machine project but I can only get to work with coins not bills, my problem is that it does not identify if it's a 1$ bill of a 5$. my Research concludes that magnetic ink scanner is the most used ways to read a bill and identify its value.

Question by GroverR 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

how to create high voltage projects (alternative to arduino and 8085 kit)

Hi, I had been working on Arduino and 8085 microprocessor kit. However there are used for low voltage projects. Can someone tell me how to create high voltage projects say creating a vending machine , moving a  door, programming for a high voltage ac/dc motor etc. Thanks

Topic by xshanky 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Verifying Age Using Face Recognition?

Magazine photos fool biometric age verifier in Japan. In their never ending quest to automate every aspect of human life Japan has recently installed cigarette vending machines that will scan your face to verify your age before giving you a smoke. Kids realizing that all the robot wants is some wrinkles have learned that all they need to do is hold up a magazine image of some geezer and then they can puff away. It makes me happy to see that no matter how "advanced" technology becomes, there's often an easy overlooked loophole. Let's hope that trend continues. _BGvia:

Topic by lamedust 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Can you make/program your own multi-coin acceptor?

Hey everyone! I need help with this certain project of mine. I bought this coin acceptor and turns out it can only accept a certain type of coin based on it's diameter. The problem is I need a multi-coin acceptor that can accept three types of coin which I will then hook up to a PLC. Tried looking for one over the net (Ebay and other sites) and I couldn't find anything. I also tried looking for some locally (I'm from a 3rd world country) and didn't find anything either. Any type of help will be useful. Thank you in advance!

Question by deus.ex.machina 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Lots of electronic parts FOR SALE - super cheap!

 Hi,  I  have a surplus of electronic components left over from when I worked with my dad. We built stroller vending machines for shopping malls. some of the parts are kind of specific to vending machines (bill acceptors and coin hoppers), however some of the parts can have infinite uses in the hands of the instructables community. I will list what I have and please feel free to email me with any questions. I can send photos upon request. All  of these parts are brand new in the box. I live in the chicagoland area. You can email me at  Check out my metal sculpture at Coinco bill acceptor Mag50B - $60 ea. (27 available) Crouzet 30amp 50V relay - $7 ea. (330 available) Money Control coin hopper / part # 40-4600-78 - $50 ea. (26 available) Meanwell power supply (240w 48V 5A) / part # S-240-48 - $75 ea. (25 available) Idec power supply (50w 24V 2.1A) / part # PS5R-D24 21 - $40 ea. (20 available) Idec I/O (20 terminal breakout module) / part # BX1D-S20A - $8 ea. (72 available) Idec I/O (26 terminal breakout module) / part # BX1D-S26A - $10 ea. (23 available) Aromat reset counter / part # LC2H-F-DL-2KK-B   - $25 ea. (20 available) Microsmart PLC (output module) / part # FC4A-T16S3   - $45 ea. (27 available) Microsmart PLC (input module) / part # FC4A-N32B3   - $55 ea. (35 available)

Topic by KellenB 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Counterfeit or Error coin? Answered

Hello, I have a 50 pence coin that I noticed because it was not accepted in a vending machine. On comparison with another coin of the same year it became obvious that something was awry. I don't mind because I like fake coins, they are interesting. It is noticeably thinner and at least a gram lighter; it just feels less substantial. The rim on the upper half of the coin on both sides has either worn away or was never there. I looked on the Googles but can only find information on counterfeit pound coins, of which there are millions ( between 1:50 and 1:200). It seems that a 50 pence may be too low in value to fake. Are there any coin collectors out there who know whether this is likely to be a fake coin or an error coin. If it is an error coin does it have a value. Thank you. PS Through reading around, I discovered that the 50 pence is a special shape; despite its  odd shape it has a constant diameter.

Question by FriendOfHumanity 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Top 50 Instructables of 2007 Ranked by Pageviews

This is the first in a series of data-analysis posts I'm going to make over the next few days (or hours if I can't stop myself). I love statistics, analysis, and raw data and so thought I'd share some of the really cool stuff with you. Thanks to trebuchet03 for helping with this and actually crafting the queries. Here are the top Instructables published in 2007 ranked by pageviews (I know the year isn't over yet, but we're close enough):Instructable - Number of Pageviews1. Invisible Book Shelf - 399,6472. Laser Flashlight Hack!! - 374,0233. Mouse Mouse! - 348,8804. Opening up a coke machine - 199,5255. Wallet made from a computer keyboard - 177,1766. Creating a 3D effect with image editing software (GIMP or Photoshop) - 158,4367. [!-You_ll-be-Surprised... 12 Volt Battery Hack! You'll be Surprised...] - 142,6318. How to Kiss - 132,0659. Zippo Trick: The Twilight Zone - 128,89410. Cracking/Hacking Windows Passwords - 126,39211. Lock Someone To A Tree Without Ropes, Chains, Or Any Other Ties (updated 25/07/07) - 124,42012. Wifi Signal Strainer (WokFi) Long Distance - 122,18913. Han Solo in carbonite chocolate bar! - 119,67014. Hidden Door Bookshelf - 117,38015. Homemade Infrared Goggles! For Under $10 - 117,34816. How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily) - 113,82217. Trigger GREEN Traffic Lights - 111,99218. 25MM Pneumatic Sniper Rifle - 104,88019. Take Infrared Pictures With Your Digital Camera - 104,37620. Shutdown Your School! - 101,28821. Build a Nintendo NES PC - 98,75622. Interactive Multitouch Display - 96,52623. How to date a girl who is way out of your league. - 95,86124. make crystal clear ice! - 94,76425. Build a Tetris DVD (or book) shelf - 94,16226. Easy to Build Desk Top 3 Axis CNC Milling Machine - 93,14227. Solar Thermal Water Heater For Less Than Five Dollars - 90,62228. How to perform your own Tongue Bifurcation - 88,90929. EMP shopping cart locker - 87,82330. How to "Fly" a Human Powered Hydrofoil - the "Aquaskipper" - 85,77931. Barbie Doll Electric Chair Science Fair Project! - 85,48932. Use an LCD Monitor as a TV without a Computer - 82,44133. How To Make A "Secret Container" Out Of A LIGHTER - 81,40334. $60 Laser Engraver / Cutter - 79,76035. Turn Your Old CRT Computer Monitor Into A Fish Tank ! ! ! - 78,59636. Make a cool hologram illusion! - 75,99137. $100 Super Bright Flashlight for under $10! - 75,78638. The Ice Bulb - 74,84839. Solar Heater - 73,96140. Laptop Converted to 2nd Monitor - 73,26641. Tetris Ice Cubes - 72,22042. Get Money from Jammed Vending Machines, Pay Phones, etc. - 71,46143. How to Make Your Own Prototypes : How to make your own Plastic Vacuum Former - 70,30944. Laser Cutter Contest Update: Fewer Rules, More Time! - 70,09245. Portable 12V Air Conditioner --Cheap and easy! - 69,88546. Homemade Laundry Detergent - 68,42647. The Spiral Data Tato -- A Curiously Complex Origami CD Case - 68,42048. String Tripod - 68,20749. [ How to softmod your xbox...for FREE] - 66,58850. How to make a Green Lantern ring- including a glowing version! - 65,802

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago