Yesterday I went for a wander through DenDen Town in Osaka, which is the Kansai equivalent to Akihabara in Tokyo (or the electronics/tech/anime/game zone for the uninitiated) and after visiting an excellent four story electronics store (bought a solar powered cricket & a tiny microblock synth – like lego but tiny 1mm blocks) but outside the store was this vending machine: the Gadget Vendor!
Now there are vending machines everywhere you go in Japan & they are a welcome sight when you are thirsty as hell, and its a great reflection on Japanese behaviour/respect/discipline that beer and whisky are available from street side vending machines – such things wouldn’t last one night in New Zealand)
But this was the first vending machine I’ve seen that sold USB cables & iPod docks! Got a sudden need for a bread board at 3am?? Problem solved!