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Tokyo seems to love everything associated with manufacturing, robotics, engineering, and science.  And that deep devotion to all things tech-related has had an effect on how people relate to machines of all kinds -- especially anything having to do with automation.

As a report from Evolo notes, "The proliferation of vending machines in Tokyo is impossible to ignore. They are on nearly every block in Tokyo down alleyways, in front of convenience stores and almost in every neighborhood."

The proliferation of vending machines has resulted in the elimination of sales clerks. So, could a giant vending machine potentially do away with the need to deal with home sales staff?

That's one of the ideas behind the Pod Vending Machine, which would dispense housing units on demand and continue to grow skyward as the city's housing demands increase.

Another idea influencing the development of the Mega Vendor is the frequency at which construction projects are abandoned. When builders decide not to finish a project, whatever the reason, that decision results in wasted materials and resources. And an unfinished, abandoned project is an eyesore to the public, which understandably grows wary of supporting any future projects, particularly if they are backed by civic groups, including government entities.

Here's how the pod dispenser would work: A 3D-printer unit at the top of the building would churn out modular dwellings, which would then be taken by large cranes and placed into lower levels of the building, where they could be accessed for delivery. As the printer dispenses pods, the building itself grows higher and higher.

Each pod would be able to be customized to each user's individual preferences, possibly eliminating after-market dissatisfaction/buyer's remorse.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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