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bethjaneway

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Electronics vending machine
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:48:07 AM »
It looks like we may finally have a solution for getting electronics in the middle of the night. A non-food vending machine is supposed to arrive at the lab today. It will have its own credit card reader, to avoid the issues we had with high holds for the candy machine before.

What are your ideas, things you'd like to access any time?
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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2014, 11:19:30 AM »
Neopixels, solder, wick, different colours and types of wire. I'm sure I'll think of other things...

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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2014, 03:38:50 PM »
Things I think should be in there, in order of priority:
  • Jumpers (MM, MF, FF)
  • led assortments
  • resister assortments
  • cap assortments
  • MicroUSB cables
  • 5v power supplies (120v > 5v)
  • Adjustable dc > dc supplies
  • Arduino unos/redboards and megas
  • bluetooth ez-links
  • PIs
  • NFC readers
  • NFC Tag assortments
  • SD Cards (Micros with adapters, if there's no downside?)
  • Mini USB cables
  • USB A>B Cables
  • 24v supplies
  • 12 > 5v supplies
  • 315mhz wireless remotes
  • 315mhz momentary recievers
  • servos
  • Solid State Relays
  • assorted transistors
  • Prototyping solderboard
  • 5 minute epoxy
  • waterproof sillicone
  • assorted potentiometers
  • 16x2 LCD Displays
  • arduino minis
  • 0.1" pin headers, m and f
  • spring loaded solder suckers
  • prototype boxes of varying sizes
  • USB memory card readers
  • alligator clip sets
  • multimeters
  • hall effect sensors
  • light sensors
  • neodymium magnets (little button kind) good for sticking project boxes places
I'll think of more as I see how much space you have / what people are using. Pick and choose as you see fit :D
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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2014, 05:04:06 AM »
Logic level MOSFETs
5mm LEDs




On a side note, is anyone having luck getting the larger vending machine we have to work? I swipe my card, push buttons, and get no response from the buttons.

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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2014, 02:35:09 AM »
First batch of items has been added. Suggestions are still welcome.  Item content will be changed/refined as we go along.
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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2014, 09:48:01 AM »
A nice big item and price list on the side? :-D

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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2014, 02:25:37 PM »
Version 1 of vending machine contents/pricelist. http://www.gadgetcat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/vending-machine-items-2013-0815.pdf

Someone suggested QR codes for info, so included those as well.

Several people suggested I start with the retail pricing, so all items are at retail price with a couple exceptions - the blue bean and presensitized board (which I paid retail so added a 10% handling fee, which covers the 6%+ vending sales tax and 3.5% credit card fee) and the RedBoard starter kit which I marked down to $40 (the retail of $50 I felt was excessive).

I've ordered some inexpensive solder wick. When it arrives I'll probably cut the solder packs down to 10', add solder wick, and drop the price to $6.
« Last Edit: August 16, 2014, 02:29:22 PM by bethjaneway »
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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2014, 07:45:01 PM »
Limit switches, micro switches

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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2014, 11:37:30 PM »
Nice list, Brooks! :)

bethjaneway

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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2014, 11:54:52 PM »
Logic level MOSFETs
5mm LEDs




On a side note, is anyone having luck getting the larger vending machine we have to work? I swipe my card, push buttons, and get no response from the buttons.
I'll check the candy machine tomorrow.
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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2014, 05:34:41 PM »
I bought a bunch of things I actually needed right then and there; so thank you for this! It didn't dispense the LBB right away, but Ted helped me get it. Will check my CC statement to ensure it was paid for, as I think the IR sensor stopped the charge. Either way, I will ensure you get paid, cause this thing is fun. Just a heads up, the LBBs are shipped with the battery in them and they're at about 30% right now.

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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2014, 08:32:19 PM »
Thanks for the heads up, I think those little items will need to be taped a cardboard as well.

Also I checked the candy machine. My credit card worked ok but I didn't try coins.  I'm not sure if there was a power surge or if someone went in there but all the prices were really strange, like between 20 and 40 cents. So I went back in and fixed it and on the small chance that somebody was messing with it, I took the spare keys with me. Some people got a nice surprise discount on their candy bar purchases. If something gets stuck call the number on the machine and I can take care of it during business hours.
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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2014, 10:05:09 PM »
Someone email me some good pics and I'll post about it on the Maker Faire channels - might help sell a few bits :)

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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2014, 01:57:03 PM »
I've already put some good money into the new vending machine. It's a great idea, and I think adding a second one to the new space would be an exceptional way to allocate some space.


Is there anything that can be done about that $50 hold (my CC has a $60 hold on it from using the machine)?

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Re: Electronics vending machine
« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2014, 02:35:46 PM »
There isn't much that can be done about the hold. That's why it took a year to get electronics vending into the space, after we got the original machine. The credit card reader has to put a hold for the most expensive item in the machine. We learned this when we tried to put electronics in the same machine as the candy machine. We even looked into putting two credit card readers with different holds on the same machine.  No luck.  We then found people liked being able to get candy, so I saved up and got a separate machine that is made for non-food.

The only way to avoid holds I'm afraid, is to use cash.

The hold should be released automatically in a few days.
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