Japan is a land of convenience, where nearly 5.5 million vending machines keep 127 million people topped up on fruit, soft drinks, socks, razors and suchlike. But if a power-related disaster strikes, the only way to get at the goods is by breaking the machine open.
Even though many machines are designed to dispense free drinks during emergencies, that’s no use without electricity. Coca-Cola has tried solving the problem by going solar, but in cities, even the best solar panels are going to struggle. However. Consider the problem now solved, from the design perspective at least, with a hand-crank vendor from Sanden.