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LATE LAST WEEK, a Minionesque vending machine mysteriously appeared in a parking lot near Snap’s original offices in Venice, California. It was named Snapbot, and it was there to sell Specs, the company’s goofy new picture-taking sunglasses, for $130 a pop to anyone who got there fast enough. After 24 hours, the machine disappeared.

Source: Wired Magazine

Date: November 17th, 2016

Link: https://www.wired.com/2016/11/insane-adventure-buy-snaps-new-spectacles/

Discussion

1) Is this just a trendy Silicon Valley / LA fad that will have no staying power?

2) This is a pretty unique idea to distribute emerging technology (priced at $130) through a vending machine that is only at the location for 24 hours. Does the idea translate to other items, and why or why not?

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